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Introduction

Natsumatsuri is a general term for festivals held in summer in Japan. It is a general term for summer festivals in Japan, especially those held from early July to late August. On the other hand, festivals held in September or later are often treated as summer festivals when they are held in July of the lunar calendar.

Story

Hey, look at that! Iroha!
There are people dressed somewhat differently.
What's going on today?

Tina
Tina
Yukata
Iroha
Iroha

Oh, that's a yukata.

As I recall, there is a summer festival near here today.

summer festival?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes.

I wonder if Tina has seen a Japanese summer festival yet?

Yeah! I've never seen that before!

But what exactly do Japanese summer festivals do?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Well...
It's just a bunch of people getting together and dancing.

Iroha
Iroha

There are a lot of stalls and fireworks at the summer festival, so it's a lot of fun!

That sounds like fun! I wanna go!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Okay! Then let's go play together!

stalls
stalls in summer festival

Wow! That's a lot of stalls!
Hey, I was just looking at the store and I got hungry.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes, let's get something to eat first!

takoyaki
Takoyaki
yakisoba
Yakisoba
Iroha
Iroha

If you ask me what we eat at a Japanese summer festival, I'd say Yakisoba and Takoyaki!

It is delicious! I love them both!

Tina
Tina

Hey, next time I want something sweet!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Well, how about Kakigori?
Kakigori is Japanese snow ice.

Kakigori? I've never had it.
I want to try it!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Look at this!
Kakigori is snow ice with syrup on it.

Kakigori(snow ice)
Kakigori

Wow! It's cold! But it's sweet and delicious!
Perfect for a hot summer day.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

And I got the Ringoame(candy apples)!

ringoame(apple candy)
ringoame

Oh, my God! It's an apple-shaped candy!

Tina
Tina

I didn't know there were so many different kinds of food on sale at a Japanese summer festival.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

These stores are not just about the food.
Now that we're full, let's play!

That's good idea!
Show me what's in there!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

How about we start with a game of scooping yo-yo?

yo-yo-
yo-yo

Oh! There's a lot of water balloons floating around!
How does this work?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

You see the rubber bands on the balloons?

Iroha
Iroha

That's where you hook and hoist it up.

Yes! I got one!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Congratulations!
Let's go that way next time!

Okay!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

This is a shooting gallery!

Iroha
Iroha

If you can shoot the goods with this gun and take them down, you get them!

shooting game
shooting game

Cool! I've got the shooter!
I'm good at shooting!!

Tina
Tina

Oh, I missed…

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Don’t worry about it lol.

Iroha
Iroha

Let's go see what else is in store!

goldfish
goldfish

Oh! There's so many fish!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

You can do goldfish scooping here!

You have to use that scoop net to catch them. They're made of paper, so don't tear it up!

I'll try!
Yeah!

Tina
Tina

Oh, it's ripped…

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Hahaha!
You need to be nicer to it.

Iroha
Iroha

But I know it's hard to do the first time.

Yeah, but it was fun!
Next time I will get it right!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Oh, look! It's a Mikoshi!

miokshi
Mikoshi

What is it? Wow! That's a lot of power!
All the men are carrying something up.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

That's called a Mikoshi, which is usually stored in a shrine, and during a festival, they take the gods out on it.

Right. That's why it's so lavishly decorated.

Tina
Tina

What's the word on their call sheet, by the way?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

They're all saying, "Wasshoi!" at the same time.
It makes me feel really excited and festive!

Iroha
Iroha

Tina! How was your day?

I'm tired of walking and wandering around in the crowd.

Tina
Tina

But we got to see a lot of stuff and play a lot of fun!
I want to come back!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Right! Then I'm glad!
I'll come back with you!

Yes!!

Tina
Tina

Summary

Natsumatsuri

natsumatsuri in Japanese
natsumatsuri in Japanese

Natsumatsuri is a general term for festivals held in summer in Japan. It is a general term for summer festivals in Japan

Yukata

Yukata in Japanese
Yukata in Japanese

Kimono for Japanese summer festivals. The Yukata has become one of the most fashionable items to wear during the summer season, and women's Yukata, especially those with gorgeous patterns and colors, are often seen.

Yakisoba

Yakisoba in Japanese
Yakisoba in Japanese

Yakisoba is a type of noodle dish. It is made by frying steamed (or boiled) Chinese noodles with meat such as pork and other ingredients such as cabbage, carrots, onions, onions, bean sprouts and other vegetables. In Japan, Worcestershire sauce yakisoba has become popular. Recently, salted yakisoba is also becoming more and more popular.

Takoyaki

Takoyaki in Japanese

Takoyaki is a local dish in which octopus and condiments are added to flour dough and baked into a spherical shape with a diameter of 3 to 5 cm.

Kakigori

Kakigori in Japanese
Kakigori in Japanese

Shaved or crushed ice with syrup and other ingredients. It can also be served with red bean paste or condensed milk.

Ringoame(candy apple)

Ringoame in Japanese
Ringoame in Japanese

Ringoame is a fruit candy with a stick attached to a fresh apple fruit coated with syrup or candy and held in the hand.

Yo-Yo

Yo-Yo in Japanese
Yo-Yo in Japanese

In Japan, there are two types of yo-yo. The first is a yo-yo that appears at summer festivals and the like, and is made by filling a rubber balloon with water. The other is made of wood and string and is used as a sport.

Mikoshi

Mikoshi in Japanese
Mikoshi in Japaese

It was an ancient vehicle used to carry noble people and was generally carried by more than one person. The vehicles were used to temporarily pick up the gods at the shrine and take them outside in order for the gods to hear their wishes.

That's it for this lesson. In this lesson, I introduced Japanese summer festivals. If you want to know more about Japanese culture, please check out the other articles!

Iroha
Iroha

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