Summer

Oh Chute! The Summer Festival Somen Game Now Has a Home Edition!

Oh Chute! The Summer Festival Somen Game Now Has a Home Edition!

Your parents probably warned you against playing with your food. However, there are some times when Japanese custom allows for this, most notably at Summer Festivals. Nagashi Somen is one of those times. Usually Nagashi Somen requires some pretty involved equipment. But now Takara Tomy, the Japanese toymaker, has released the home version of this game.

Summer in Japan: Hot Times and Family Memories

Summer in Japan: Hot Times and Family Memories

Long before the advent of air conditioning, which is pretty much ubiquitous in Japan, the Japanese people needed to learn to cope with their hot, sticky Summer climate. To that end, the whole period is liberally scattered with outdoor festivals. When it's too hot to sleep, you take your mind off of the misery by going to visit shrines, temples, and town squares, where street food, drink and dancing help make the hot season bearable. The traditions have held to this day.