• Venture to Japan for exciting summertime festivals

    2012-06-27

    Summertime in Japan is a beautiful season full of gorgeous blooms and plenty of outdoor festivals. Individuals who love adventure travel excursions abroad may wish to make plans to head for this vibrant country, especially in July and August, as many areas host events for guests to enjoy. No matter what their preference, tourists are likely to find what they are looking for, ranging from pop music and concert events to traditional ceremonies and spiritual gatherings.

    Hear classical music in Tokyo  

    Throughout the entire month of July, the capital city of Japan will have its annual Tokyo Summer Festival, featuring an array of activities and performances held all venues all over the metropolis. Hosted by the Arion-Edo Foundation, which supports young and promising musicians, the festival focuses on the talents of local and international artists who will perform classical Japanese songs and pop hits for the masses.

    See rock stars in Japan's capital  

    Later on in August, another music-themed event will take place, called the Summer Sonic festival. Top performers from all over the world will play at this massive, outdoor occasion that runs for two days in Tokyo. This year, some of the artists participating include Gym Class Heroes, Green Day, Rihanna and Sigur Ros.

    Take part in a traditional star festival all across Japan  

    For a more local and traditional event, travelers can journey throughout the country in July to experience the Tanabata Star Festival. Japanese children wish for luck and skill in their studies by petitioning and praying to the stars Vega and Altair. Young kids will often create short poems or drawings that they will tie to bamboo leaves, decorating town parks and personal gardens with their words and wishes. Some of the most impressive displays of thanksgiving and reverence can be seen in the town of Shimizu, which is west of Sapporo.

    Visit Japan's temples during festival season  

    Temples often host lavish and fun festivals that help ring in the summer season , welcoming travelers and locals alike to participate in the celebrations. The Sensou-ji temple in Tokyo gives away potted cherry plants for good luck and prosperity for a special day at the beginning of July. At the Kishibojin Temple, vendors and religious figures will offer morning glory blooms for sale to bless the beauty of the summertime. 

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