20 June 2011 ~ 48 Comments

Accepting Submissions for Hot Fun in the Summertime 2011

Here is a link to the 2011 Summer Matsuri!!

As some of you may recall, last June Loco in Yokohama hosted the Japan Blog Matsuri and I collected and presented posts about summer activities in Japan and called it: Hot Fun in the Summertime!

It was so enlightening and so much fun that I’ve decided to do it again!

Welcome to the announcement for the Summer 2011 edition of Hot Fun in the Summertime!

First, let’s set the mood with a little tune that always does it for me. If you like, you can listen to it while you read.


Now, as Stevie seeps into your soul and has you thinking about every wonderful feeling summer has ever given you, and that melancholy feeling you have whenever She gives way to Autumn, you’re properly primed. So let’s get this show on the road!

夏の楽しみ (Natsu no Tanoshimi) or

“Hot Fun In the Summertime!”

Here in Kawaiiland (at least in Kanto region), after this rainy season is finished hosing us down, like it or not, summer will be here. Japanese summer is known for its brutal humidity and if you don’t live here- believe me- its not exaggerated. A yard from your front door, the first bead of sweat races down your back!

But, if you’re like me, you’ve discovered a number of great ways to keep cool and/or have some hot fun!

Open Fire Hydrant
If you would like to participate please share with us your favorite Summer activities and offer some recommendations for summer fun (in Japan of course).
This summer there will probably be a lot of energy conservation going on, due to the ongoing nuclear issues in Fukushima, so some ecologically sound alternatives to sitting in front of the Air conditionaer all day and night (though I can think of nothing better off the top of my head) would be helpful.
Beyond that, the skies the limit!
Where is the place to be? Your Great Escape? Know a wicked beach where you can get a wicked tan (for you folks who need tans)? An awesome Water Park? Even an open fire hydrant would be post-worthy. How about a great Hanabi or Summer Matsuri? The best park for a picnic, spot for a BBQ, space for Prawns on the Barbie, or whatever tickles your gullet? Clue us in!

Have you had a great experience (or terrible) here in Japan in summers past? Ex:Went to Fuji Rock last year? Was it a FAIL or a blast?  Got pics to illustrate why? Tell us and show us. Share it with the soon to-be sweltering masses.

If you’ve never been in Japan during the Dog Days of Summer, or don’t currently reside in Japan, this might be a challenge for you. But, I don’t want you guys to feel excluded so here’s how you can contribute:

I presume if you’re reading this that you have some interest in Japan. If there’s a particular blogger’s writing style  or photographs you like, why not ask him / her directly? Request what you’d like them to tell/show you about summer in Nippon.

Curious about what kind of activities and events Akihabara offers in the summer? Want to know where the best bikinis and Speedos can be found (and the pics to prove it)? Ask a resident blogger. And while you’re at it, tell them to put a link to the post here. If they’re not too busy they might take you up on it!

Have you had a summer romance, or fling, or one night stand, a crazy night at the beach or regrettable night in some club or bar in Shibuya? Or anything that will thrill readers and you’d care to share? Here’s the time and the place to let it fly!

Or, if you have any other ideas, run them by me! I’ll let you know if they’re suitable.

Here’s what should you do:

1-Make a great post

First, go ahead and make an original post to submit to Loco. If you want to submit a post or article previously published, just run it by me first. I’m flexible. Quality is most important. If you do, kindly make sure that the info is not outdated, for example.

2-Submit it to Loco

Following are two ways to submit an article/post:

  • Leave a comment on this post with a link to the article being submitted.
  • Contact me directly by clicking here.

The deadline for submissions is:

Midnight – Friday, July 1, 2011 (Tokyo Time)

Well, that’s about  it. Hope you’ll be participating. Sorry, I don’t have any cash or prizes to offer as incentive to get in on this, but, hmmm….maybe I’ll stick a banner of your blog  in a prominent position on my blog somewhere (similar to Quake Book and Raw like Sushi’s currently) Or maybe I’ll even work it out so that it’s  in my post for a fixed period.  Haven’t rally worked that out yet. But even if if there’s no extra incentive, this is sure to be sensational:

Last year’s “Hot Fun…” was one of the biggest and most visited posts in Loco in Yokohama history!!!

So, I hope you will join in and encourage others to do so as well. I mean, if you’re a J-blogger you’re probably going to be writing some summer related material anyway.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading your submissions, and being refreshed by some cool ideas (-:

Before you go, here’s a little more summer music to get you in the right mindset. A little Fresh Prince (AKA Will Smith) and Chicago.





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48 Responses to “Accepting Submissions for Hot Fun in the Summertime 2011”

  1. Chris B 20 June 2011 at 7:38 pm Permalink

    I'll have something with food on fire and asses wrapped in cute panties!!

  2. kathryn 21 June 2011 at 1:06 am Permalink

    It's going to get more humid?

  3. Lulu 22 June 2011 at 3:47 pm Permalink

    My advice would be to leave Japan for the summer. I wish I could! For most, that is about as useful as sitting in front of the aircon all day though.

    I mainly have kiddie suggestions, probably not what you are into! But hey, the baby pools you can buy at akachan honpo are only about 1000yen and could fit an adult in them! Maybe 2! Take it to a park, fill it up and lay in it!

  4. Lulu 22 June 2011 at 3:48 pm Permalink

    Sorry I mean to say that advice is about as useful as telling people to sit in front of the aircon all day.

  5. Muza-chan 22 June 2011 at 7:58 pm Permalink

    I like the theme… Let’s do it again (^_^)

    • Locohama 24 June 2011 at 11:34 pm Permalink

      Thanks Muza! I Hope you’ll do something again. Your piece was excellent last year!!

  6. thesoulofjapan 23 June 2011 at 12:11 pm Permalink

    My submission


    • Locohama 23 June 2011 at 12:44 pm Permalink

      Thanks Yo!!!

  7. gethiroshima 24 June 2011 at 11:43 pm Permalink


    We have some great beaches in and around Hiroshima to enjoy in the warmer months

    • Locohama 27 June 2011 at 4:25 pm Permalink


  8. jjwalsh 24 June 2011 at 11:47 pm Permalink


    What is it like to be an American resident in Hiroshima on August 6th? The height of summer is a huge gathering in Hiroshima to pay respect to those who lost their lives when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. How does it feel to be an American in Hiroshima on this day?

    • Locohama 27 June 2011 at 4:25 pm Permalink

      Thanks JJ!

  9. Alyse 25 June 2011 at 2:05 am Permalink

    Thanks for hosting this! I’m looking forward to new ways to fight off this summer funk~
    here’s my submission: http://welovekansai.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-fun-akame-48-waterfalls.html

    • Locohama 27 June 2011 at 4:26 pm Permalink

      Thanks Alyse!

  10. Muza-chan 28 June 2011 at 4:18 am Permalink

    Loco Sensei, I’ve done my homework:

    It’s about summer, it’s fun and it’s… hot! (>_<)

    • Locohama 28 June 2011 at 7:27 am Permalink

      Well Done Muza-Chan. Thank you soooo much. It’s great!!

  11. Amanda T 28 June 2011 at 2:43 pm Permalink

    Link to mine. I’m recruiting R.E.L.I.E.F warriors.

    • Locohama 28 June 2011 at 7:24 pm Permalink

      Thanks Amanda!! Love it!

  12. Will 28 June 2011 at 4:28 pm Permalink

    Okay…couldn’t wait…went ahead and did it.

    Though greatness may also be in the eye of the beholder, I’ve done it all except for the getting a little too close the action.


    And although I do realize that I may need an editor from time to time, there’s no way this would get done without the dings and scratches…they just show that it is genuine.

    Anyway…hope you can enjoy it.

    Happy Summer.

    • Locohama 28 June 2011 at 7:24 pm Permalink

      Hey Will, Just peeped it! looks good bruh!!! Thanks again!!

  13. reesan 28 June 2011 at 9:28 pm Permalink

    Put me down for one: http://www.loneleeplanet.com/2011/06/tokyo-summerland/

  14. cocomino 28 June 2011 at 9:46 pm Permalink

    Hello I joined this event.Have a great day!


  15. Aimee Weinstein 29 June 2011 at 12:37 am Permalink

    Try this link out – hope it suits your needs. It was fun to write – thanks for the encouragement. Cheers.

  16. kathryn 29 June 2011 at 11:49 pm Permalink

    I’ve posted my entry – http://www.project-kathryn.com/2011/06/summer-fun-wish-list.html

    • Locohama 30 June 2011 at 8:26 am Permalink

      Thnak you so much Kathryn!! It looks great!!

  17. Caroline Josephine 30 June 2011 at 12:33 am Permalink

    Here you go! I wanted to take better photos but I ran out of time and just had to recycle them. ENJOY MY FACE AGAIN.


    • Locohama 30 June 2011 at 8:25 am Permalink

      Thnak You so much CJ. It (and you) look great!

  18. Verity 30 June 2011 at 11:42 am Permalink

    Here you go. Summer nights mean getting naked.


  19. Kitsune 30 June 2011 at 1:52 pm Permalink

    Here’s mine:


  20. Haikugirl 30 June 2011 at 8:00 pm Permalink

    Hey Loco

    Here’s mine, just in time! http://haikugirl.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/hot-fun-in-the-summertime-2011/


  21. Marie 1 July 2011 at 12:27 am Permalink

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (on my knees, fists clenched and howling at the sky) Why am I seeing this only now!??!

    Well… I guess I can be cheeky and still give you this http://webloginjapan.com/2011/06/more-white-skin-shenanigans/
    even though it won’t make it for the matsuri.

  22. Blue Shoe 1 July 2011 at 7:44 am Permalink

    Hey Loco,

    Just wanted to let you know I intended (and even started) to write a post for this, but then Blogger crapped out yesterday and I’ll have no time to work on it today…that’s what I get for waiting till almost the last minute. Anyway, have a great Summer Matsuri, and my apologies!

  23. Michaela 1 July 2011 at 3:38 pm Permalink

    Hey Loco,
    I don’t see my blog submission up here. So I am resubmitting…


    Thanks again,

  24. Marie 1 July 2011 at 7:01 pm Permalink

    Hey Loco, here you go:

    Many thanks!

  25. Hippo 1 July 2011 at 9:21 pm Permalink


    I took midnight as tonight–hope I made it, barely? Don’t know if it qualifies as a post on “summer fun,” but here it is:


    Thanks a bunch!

  26. AnnaTrouble 1 July 2011 at 11:14 pm Permalink

    a general roundup of our favoritest summer festivals.

  27. Jay Dee 1 July 2011 at 11:17 pm Permalink

    Sorry, Loco. I was planning on doing something for this, but I haven’t been able to spend much time on my computer at all. I had an idea for it, but I couldn’t get to work on it. But I’ll enjoy reading the entries!

  28. Floating Camera 2 July 2011 at 10:12 pm Permalink

    Kinda late, but as they say, better late than never 😀 Some real cool entries!


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