In Japan, it is the middle summer at the moment. Japanese people enjoy many actives such as Suikawari(スイカ割り）, Firework（花火）, Kakigoori（かき氷）and Matsuri（祭り）etc…
Matsuri is one of the big event for Japanese people in Summer. Normally, we wear “Yukata”which is traditional clothes for Japanese, to go out with a boyfriend/girlfriend, family or friends.
What are differences from Yukata and Kimono?
Yukata- is a Japanese casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. Yukata are made with straight seams and wide sleeves. Men’s yukata are distinguished by the shorter sleeve extension of approximately 10 cm from the armpit seam, compared to the longer 20 cm sleeve extension in women’s yukata.
Kimono- The kimono is always used in important festival or fomal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing. The word “kimono”, which actually means a “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”), has come to denote these full-length robes.
How Japanese people spend a Matsuri is to get a food from the shop on the street, and also play the game.(Example: shooting game, watching fish, etc..) After that, we watch beautiful fireworks. Surprisingly, you could see more than 1000 fireworks for one night. Some places are over 10,000.
Bon dancing is a style of dancing performed during Obon(Middle of August). Originally a folk dance to welcome the sprits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance, as well as different music. The music can be songs specifically pertinent to the spiritual message of Obon, or local folk songs.
Here is the one of the Bon dancing.