Hot fun in the summertime 1, last year’s Summer Matsuri hosted by yours truly, was such a huge success that I was afraid to try it again.
You know how sequels usually go. For every Godfather 2, Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future 2, and Shrek 2, there’s a hundred Lethal Weapon 2, Die Hard 2, Rush Hour 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 2s.
But, I donned my courageous cap and told myself “Gosh darn it, Loco! (or something like that) Even if it fails miserably you’ll certainly learn something from the failure, and isn’t that what life is all about anyway?” (or something like that)
And so, it’s with profound pleasure that I inform you that failure was not in the cards this time around, either!
It’s back, and stronger than ever! So, put your hands together for…
And, this summer matsuri is hotter than Georgia asphalt and cooler than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Funky Monkey!
So, once again, you’re looking for some cool things to do this summer, right? Well. you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re just curious about how some of the people here in Japan spend their summer, you’re at the blog to be. The answers are here!
By the way, as you check out these submissions please take notes. After you’ve peeped them , vote for your favorite on the poll provided at the bottom of this post. And leave a comment too! You know, so I’ll know you were here. 😉
***Unfortunately, several submissions didn’t make the cut I’m afraid, and I do apologize. As inclusive as I’ve strove to be I had to utilize a bit of discretion in the selection process. If you have submitted a post but don’t see it and haven’t heard from me, please contact me asap at: loco at locoinyokohama dot com***
Now, let’s get started, shall we?:
1-First up, we have a submission straight from the heart and Soul of Japan, waxing poetic on the smells of summer – Yep, that connoisseur of fine sake and fine jukujo serves up some olfactory delights for your reading and viewing pleasure.
2-Next, we have that globetrottin’ Haikugirl, (whom I didn’t get to meet when she was in-country, but shougannai) clearly an authority on hotness, introducing us to some lovely ways to keep cool when you’re feeling Hot Hot Hot including the ever popular Kakigori! Yum Yum! (and next time you’re in town you better holler!) 😉
3-Then, we have a post from the lovely Kitsune Grand at The Sakura Project with, among other things, an irresistible invitation to a beach very dear to my heart and near my home here in Yokohama: Zushi!
4-Seems we’re lovely lady heavy this year, cuz up next, from the hot new blog J-Skool’s in, is the beautiful and talented Verity holding forth on the virtues of spending hot summer nights sleeping in the buff! Gotta tell you I’ve read this one a few times (-;
5-And, yet another writer I’ve come to admire quite a bit over the past few weeks- who just happens to also be a knockout- Caroline Josephine of Spooning with a Schoolboy fame, schooling the ladies on how to stay cool and some of the dos and donts of summer fashion here in sweltering Kawaiiland! I’d take heed if I were you, (and, you know, a woman.) (-;
6-Kathryn of Project Me has a Summer Fun Wish List and I gotta tell ya: 1,2,3 and 5 are HIGH on my To Do list this and every summer! And Kat, if you need a partner for numbers 1 and 5, you got my email (-;
7-And, oh man…Bad Boy! Last year’s most popular entry in the Summer Matsuri, has brought the noize yet again, with the BBQ to end all BBQs! Man I wish I could attend one of these things. I want to see a pig’s flying brain matter before I eat the bovine! A little reminder that I am indeed just a grunting, sweating, fornicating carnivore at heart. It’s on my Bucket List, Yo, so save me a plate.
And Kathryn, the Bad Boy’s BBQ should be on your list! –
8-You think you need AC to keep cool? Well, what if you’re living in a country that is facing a severe energy crisis as a result of a tragic catastrophe? This is not a hypothetical for many of us. Aimee Weinstein, a professional writer as well as a writing professor, who blogs at Tokyo Writer, writes about how the heat can be beat with the right food and the right atitude. A must read for those of us living here in Japan! Thank you Aimee!!
9-I felt cooler just reading this post submitted by Cocomino of the blog Life in Kawagoe! Wanna know a great place to visit during a hot summer? Try an aquarium! This one is in Tokyo and looks like a hydrant on a July afternoon in NY!
10-Reesan, the man, the legend, quietly slaying all comers over there at the blog formerly known as Lonelee Planet, and currently simply as LLP! In his submission, aptly titled “Tokyo Summerland” he answers the age old question: what happens when you put a thousand half-naked Japanese people in a wave pool? Well, I won’t tell you the answer, but whatever happens you better believe it’s gonna be fun and cool!
11-Okay…how do I describe this next submission? Will, of Reptiles and Samurai, is one of those rare finds, part enigmatic, part melancholic, all brilliant! From this mind we have the post: Summer is nothing to lament. Here’s a tast of what you’re in for if you click this link: “The rancid smell of a broken heart is sweeter than any untouched pile of loneliness I’ve ever stepped in.” Nuff said!
12-Whoa! Amanda is in Japan now, y’all, and without having survived a single summer here, she’s divined the ultimate survival tips for keeping cool without an air conditioner! Seriously!All you gotta do his join her rebellion. That’s right! Amanda’s recruiting warriors and promising that R.E.L.I.E.F awaits. Personally I don’t believe it’s possible, but days like today have left me desperate (and 10lbs of water weight lighter)! To hell with this, I’m in! Where do I sign up?
13-And then there’s Muza-Chan- The woman with the magic eye! She sees things about Japan in a very special way! Part Japanophile, part professional photographer and all amazing! Scouring Japan for the perfect shot to tell the story, and succeeding in astounding fashion. One visit to her blog, Muza-chan’s Gate to Japan, and you’ll see what I mean. And this post is no exception. Subject matter? How about Japanese cuties dress up as maids hosing down sidewalks to cool the temperature, all before a mob of gawkers? Gotta love Japan!
14-So, there’s these people who live in Kansai, right? And they just LOVE Kansai, right? They love it so much that they started a blog called…wait for it….We Love Kansai…right? And, on this blog there are, like, a lot of pictures taken in and around Kansai. I mean, a lot! You following me? Ok. So, these “We Love Kansai” guys, right? They made a post about some waterfalls outside of Kansai right? (But if you asked anyone they’d say the waterfalls were in Kansai.) And yeah, as you expected, they submitted this post to the summer matsuri. And wouldn’t you know it? Akame 48 waterfalls looks fuckin’ awesome! Plus they got Ninjas and stuff. And, guess how many waterfalls are in Akame 48 Waterfalls? Betcha can’t….Shit, now I Love Kansai…great. Thanks guys, whoever you are. Now I’ll never leave Japan, right?
15-Hiroshima is known for two things. One is its Okonomiyaki which is off the charts delicious, and the other is for Itsukushima Temple on Miyashima. Oh wait a minute…make that three things (the Peace Memorial Park). But the third doesn’t conjure images of Hot Fun in the Summertime so I ain’t touching that. What I wasn’t aware of though, was that there are some friggin awesome beaches!in Hiroshima too, as Get Hiroshima explains and shows us…
16-What is a summer matsuri anyway? It’s a festival, yeah, but have you ever seen one? Are you fiendin’ to? You are? Well, you’re in luck cuz your boy, Rhymin’ Gaijin, he knows all about Matsuri, he even made a video about it. Wanna see it? Here it goes!
17- Here’s one for the kids…summer’s here, and school will end soon…and your kids will be off to…the Mall??? The Game Room? How many times can they play Nintendo or Playstation? Endlessly right? We can do better than that, can’t we? At least Michaela from Camp Roadless has some suggestions. I really shouldn’t say suggestions…more like a doctor’s prescription to alleviate boredom. Check it out!
18- Looking for a little getaway? Not only from city life, but from the constraints of this time period? How would you like to step back in time into, let’s say, the Edo Period? Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura or “Edo Wonderland” is a theme park where one can experience the culture of city life in Edo period of Japan. Sayuri Matsuri of LeetNEET takes us on a brief tour of the facilities.
19-Tokyo Times keeps it simple and concise as always. Just what an overbearingly hot summer calls for Simplicity!
22-Next up we have Anna Trouble, of the blog we all know and love, Budget Trouble, and a confessed Matsuri Freak, showing and telling us why she is, and beware after viewing you might find yourself freaking for some chocolate covered bananas.
23-Since the Bad Boy and his flying pig brains are on the other side of the island, I think I’m gonna have to do my own BBQing locally, and fortunately Jonathan of LifeYouTV knows just the place! Futako-Tamagawa. And since the Tamagawa river is practically in my backyard, I’m totally scheming on using this spot. It even has ambiance, and enough ghetto touches to make any hoodrat feel right at home! Check out the pics and video!
24-And, while we’re on the subject of ghetto ambiance and hip-hop flavor and all that good stuff, gliding in to the final entry position just at the deadline, we have the Floating Camera with some pics that, if I didn’t know they were taken in Japan, I wouldn’t have guessed. Japan’s love affair with Hip-hop is well documented, but ultimately it’s just some Japanese kids having fun on a hot summer day!
Well, that’s about it for the 2011 Summer blog Matsuri. Thank you all for participating–otsukaresama deshita–and a thanks to you readers for stopping by to check out the submissions.
Well, here’s the poll! And, once you’ve finished voting, why not drop a line or two in the comments and let us know what you think of this Summer Matsuri.
Who is this guy, Loco, anyway? Click here!