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Fundamentals

2018/6/20

Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Setsubun, Hanami, Obon, Christmas etc.

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists enjoying such events. In such an event, you will be able to observe Japanese life culture deeply. Let me introduce representative annual events. New Year events Annual events of the New Year are the biggest in Japan. From the end of the year the following things are taking place. Joya no kane "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples = Shutterstock "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples. At midnight on 31 December, the priests ring the big bells of the temple 108 times. There seems to be 108 anxieties to humans. There is a meaning to drive away those feelings to the bells of the night. Toshi-Koshi soba "Toshi-Koshi soba" is noodles customarily eaten on December 31st. Japanese eat long noodles in the hope that they wii lead and fortunate life. Hatsumode Crowd of Hatsumode at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock "Hatsumode" is one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. In the New Year, every shrine and temple is crowded with so many people.   Setsubun "Setsubun" is a japanese traditional event = Shutterstock "Setsubun" is a traditional event to drive away evil. It will be held in early February. People throw beans at home while chatting "Oni-wa-soto, fuku-wa-uti," meaning "Out with demons! In with good luck!" ...

Kita no Canary Park elementary school set from the award-winning 2012 Japanese film, Kita no Kanaria-tachi (Canaries of the North), Rebun Island, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in August! Temperature and precipitation

August is said to be the best season for sightseeing in Hokkaido. However, recently, due to global warming, the typhoon attacking Japan is increasing, and the damage of typhoons has become noticeable even in Hokkaido, which was said to have no influence of typhoons until now . On this page, I will explain the weather of August in Hokkaido. Please refer when you plan your itinerary. Weather in Hokkaido in August (overview) Even in August, Hokkaido does not exceed 35 degrees like Tokyo or Kyoto. The highest temperature in the daytime stays in the first half of 30 degrees and the air is relatively dry, so it is easy to spend. If you are in the shade, you are rather cool. Hokkaido is cold in the morning and the night throughout the year, but in August it is rare that the temperature falls below 10 degrees even in the morning and evening. Even in such a meaning, it is easy to spend. Beautiful flowers are blooming in sightseeing spots. For these reasons, August is said to be the best season for traveling in Hokkaido. Every year, many tourists come to Hokkaido from home and abroad. However, recently, the impact of the typhoon is getting bigger in Hokkaido too. When typhoons usually come to Hokkaido, forces are weakened and often change to temperate low pressure. However, recently typhoons are coming to Hokkaido without any decline. Or it may cause heavy rain. For this reason, stopping the plane and railway occasionally happens. Perhaps I may be over-emphasizing ...

The Namba Parks, a shopping center in the Namba district, Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in August! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain the weather in Osaka in August. I used to live in Osaka before. Osaka is really hot in August. So, if you travel in Osaka in August, I recommend that you spend sometimes in an air-conditioned room so that you will not consume your strength. Weather in Osaka in August (overview) The weather in Osaka is roughly the same as other major cities in Honshu such as Tokyo. However, compared to Tokyo etc., the city center of Osaka is a bit hotter in August. In the center of Osaka, green is small, except for some Osaka Castle and others. The asphalt road is getting hot with strong sunlight, so if you walk all the way there is a risk of exhausting your fitness. For this reason, I would like to recommend the following three things. First, please devise as much as possible to sightseeing outdoors in a little cool morning or evening. For example, Namba which is a famous sightseeing spot in Osaka, the neon is beautiful if you go at night. It would be nice to make good use of the night time zone. Second, as much as possible, let's increase the time spent in the air conditioned building. For example, how about enjoying facilities such as Kaiyukan(aquarium) or Cupnoodles Museum (museum)? Thirdly, I recommend that you add relatively cool areas such as Hokkaido to your itinerary, in addition to Osaka. If you go to Hokkaido or the highlands of Honshu, I think that you surely regain your ...

People, mostly youngsters, walk through Takeshita Dori near Harajuku train station. Takeshita Dori is modern Japan's fashion trends = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in August! Temperature and precipitation

The climate of Tokyo in August is hot. If you plan to visit Tokyo in August, please prepare clothes that are OK even if it is hot. In August, typhoons are frequently attacked. For this reason, please do not forget your umbrella. Depending on the typhoon, the bullet train may be delayed or the airplane may not fly. When deciding your itinerary, be careful not to make it too crowded. Weather in Tokyo in August (overview) The maximum temperature during the day in Tokyo in August exceeds 30 degrees Celsius almost every day. Recently it has exceeded 35 degrees and has reached nearly 40 degrees. Humidity is also high. If it is dry, I think that it is still easy to spend, but because it is high humidity it will be uncomfortable even if it is not moving. I strongly want many people to visit Japan. So, I started this site. However, I do not want you to feel uncomfortable, I will dare to emphasize. It is very hot in August. If you go to Tokyo in August, I recommend three things. First, in hot areas such as Tokyo, do not walk around with too much overcrowding schedules. Please be careful not to exhaust your physical strength. From time to time, please take a break at the place where the air conditioner was effective and refill the moisture. Secondly, I recommend that you take advantage of relatively cool morning and evening and later. I recommend you go to sightseeing spots where air conditioning worked in ...

Irodori field, Tomita farm, Furano, Japan. It is the famous and beautiful flower fields in Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in July! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in July. July is definitely the best season of sightseeing. Every year at this time many tourists from Japan and abroad come to Hokkaido. In Hokkaido, it is rare that it will get hot like Tokyo or Osaka. The cool down of the morning and evening will be relieved, so you should be able to enjoy a truly comfortable trip. Weather in Hokkaido in July(overview) In July, even in Hokkaido the daytime reference temperature increases every year over 25 degrees day. In late July, the maximum temperature will be over 30 degrees. Sunlight is strong. For this reason, tourists who came for the first time in Hokkaido often feel that Hokkaido is unexpectedly hot. However, in Hokkaido the maximum temperature rarely exceeds 35 degrees. Humidity is low. At this time, for example in Tokyo and Kyoto, many people feel uncomfortable because the highest temperature exceeds 35 degrees and the humidity is high like every day. On the other hand, in Hokkaido, the sun is strong, but it is not steaming and it is quite easy to spend. I think that it is the morning and the night that tourists feel the coolness of summer in Hokkaido. In Hokkaido, the temperature in the morning and evening is low throughout the year. Morning and evening is often less than 15 degrees even in July, and it feels very cold on short sleeve shirts. If you travel in July, I recommend walking in the morning. Perhaps you ...

Facial shot of unidentified young women worshipping the golden shrine in Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka's biggest festival = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in July! Temperature and precipitation

If you go to Osaka in July, please be prepared for being very hot. Osaka, like other major Honshu cities, is very hot in July and August. Please be careful as there are many people who get stroke every year. On this page, I will explain about the weather in Osaka in July. Weather in Osaka in July (overview) The weather of Osaka is roughly the same as Tokyo. But in summer it is somewhat sultry than Tokyo. In early July, the rainy season is still on. The rainy season ends roughly around 20th July. Osaka thus enters the summer at the latest in late July. In summer, the maximum temperature in Osaka exceeds 35 degrees. It is also damp. For this reason it is dangerous to walk outdoors for a long time. There are days when it is dangerous to exercise outside. I would like you to come to Japan but I can not help being honest that Japan's summer is very hot. I used to live in Osaka before. From that experience, I think that Osaka is a bit hotter than Tokyo. This has been proved by weather data as well. The city area in Osaka, except Osaka Castle Park etc., is less green and the asphalt road is getting hot with strong sunlight. If you are going to sightsee in Osaka in July, please be careful not to become a heat stroke. In the open air, please try to drink water frequently. If possible, from time to time, please rest yourself in ...

The festival for Japanese lantern flower at Asakusa,Tokyo,Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in July! Temperature and precipitation

Japan is a temperate country, but from July to August it is not an exaggeration to say that it changes to a tropical country. It is not unusual for the maximum temperature during the day to exceed 35 degrees in Tokyo. As the road of asphalt is heated by sunlight and it is very hot, it actually feels like it is hotter. On this page, I will introduce weather information for July for you traveling in Tokyo in July. Weather in Tokyo in July (overview) Tokyo in July is really hot. It is getting hotter than before due to the effect of global warming. Numerous air conditioners are in operation, and the city center is getting hotter by the exhaust. Below is the meteorological data of Tokyo announced by the Japan Weather Association. As you can see, the maximum temperature during the day exceeds 30 degrees. I have heard from acquaintances who came to Tokyo from Singapore before. Summer in Tokyo seems to be hotter than Singapore. I have been to Singapore a lot. I think so, too. So, please be careful of you. Please drink water frequently during the day and do not become a heat stroke.   Tokyo weather in early July (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 33.5 Minimum air temperature 19.1 Total precipitation 34.0 mm Fine weather ratio 46 %   Tokyo weather in the middle of July (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 35.4 Minimum air temperature 23.1 Total precipitation 3.5 mm Fine weather ratio 66 %   Tokyo weather in late July (2018) ...

Sapporo street car at the station on June 16, 2015. Sapporo street car is a tram network since 1909, located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in June! Temperature and precipitation

If you plan to travel in Japan in June, I recommend you to add Hokkaido to your itinerary. Japan is generally rainy and humid in June. However, there are not so many rains in Hokkaido. Unlike Tokyo and Osaka, you will enjoy a pleasant journey. On this page, I will explain the weather in Hokkaido in June. Weather in Hokkaido in June (overview) In June, many areas of Japan are entering the rainy season. There are many rainy days in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and so on. On rainy days, temples and shrines are calm and refreshing the visitors 'visitors' attitudes. So, I like rainy days as much as sunny days. Still, it is also true that I feel like to escape from the sultry heat. On the other hand, Hokkaido is not steamed and it is in an ideal environment. The daytime maximum temperature is many days exceeding 25 degrees Celsius, but the humidity is relatively low. Therefore, it is easy to spend. Although it will rain, there is no long rainy season like Tokyo or Osaka. In sightseeing spots such as Biei town and Furano, you will be able to see the beautiful flower garden. You should be able to have a pleasant trip. However, even in this period, in Hokkaido, the morning and evening is quite chilly. Below is the meteorological data of June of Hokkaido announced by Japan Meteorological Agency. As you can see, it is not unusual to cool down to less than 10 degrees in the morning and evening. Because ...

People cross the street in front of Osaka train station in Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in June! Temperature and precipitation

If you stay in Osaka in June, please do not forget your umbrella. In June, Osaka will enter the rainy season for about a month like other major Honshu cities such as Tokyo. On this page, I will explain the weather of June in Osaka. Weather in Osaka in June (overview) The weather in Osaka is roughly the same as other major cities in Honshu such as Tokyo. It rains a lot in June and a sultry day continues. But, sometimes it gets cold, so if you are not good at cold, please bring clothes such as cardigans. Previously, it was not so strong rain in June. However, as with other cities in Osaka recently, it is likely to rain considerably strongly. For this reason, please get the latest weather forecast through TV and the Internet. It is such weather in June, so there are not so many tourists compared to April and May. So, you may be able to enter relatively easily even famous sightseeing spots which ordinarily need to line up for a long time to enter. Even on rainy days, if rain is not so strong, Osaka Castle, temples and shrines are surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere. Surely, you will be able to enjoy it thoroughly. Below is the weather data of Osaka in June which the Japan Weather Association announced. please refer.   Osaka weather in early June (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 30,2 Minimum air temperature 15.8 Total precipitation 83.5 mm Fine weather ratio 47%   Osaka weather in the middle ...

People lining up for the bus during a rainy night at Shibuya station. The rainy season, locally known as tsuyu or baiyu, begins the from June until mid July in Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in June! Temperature and precipitation

There are many rainy days in Tokyo in June. Humidity is high, temperature rises steadily and steadily. Therefore, in June, you need to have some clothes that you can spend even if it is muggy. An umbrella is also indispensable. On this page, while introducing the weather data released by the Japan Weather Association, I will explain to you about the weather in Tokyo in June. Weather in Tokyo in June (overview) Due to global warming, the weather of Japan has recently changed a lot. Even in Tokyo, heavy rain and drought have never happened. In June 2018, heavy rain fell more than usual in Tokyo. However, from the end of June to the end of July, the rainy season should be in full swing, but it did not rain much in 2018. We do not know whether these phenomena will continue even after 2019. In any case in Tokyo, the climate is unstable in June. Please do bring an umbrella, as it will be fine when it rains. Occasionally the temperature may exceed 30 degrees in June. So, please think about how to measure the heat. Below is the weather data of June released by the Japan Weather Association. Since 2018 was a weather that was quite different from usual, I will also introduce weather data for 2017. Numerals in parentheses are meteorological data of 2017. You may as well refer to 2017 weather data.   Tokyo weather in early June  2018 (2017) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 32.0 (30.6) Minimum air temperature 16.9 (15.3) Total ...

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