Summer in Japan is brutal. Which is probably why there are so many delightful distractions to trick you into thinking it's a season worth celebrating. The Japanese spring is famously associated with cherry blossoms, but summer has its own time-honored symbols as well -- many, in fact. A lot of them are things that make you feel physically cooler, or somehow trigger the illusion of coolness.
My particularly favorite symbols of summer are:
- kingyo = goldfish
- fuurin = windchime
- kakigori = shaved ice
- hanabi = fireworks
- yukata = summer kimono
We may look like we're enjoying our yukatas, but really we are on the verge of keeling over with heatstroke. Not really the most appropriate attire for 100-degree weather. Cute though.