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    Summer Festivals

    ^o^ hey guys! with the summer months all up on us, i was wondering how the Japanese like to chill the hottness? animes can only say so much, so i was just wondering how they are really spent?

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    Re: Summer Festivals

    i say they stay inside and video games or maybe go to some theme parks over there like disney world i think

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    Re: Summer Festivals

    Well it depends from place to place but Summer Festivals are the traditional events. Then theres "Obon".

    At the summer festivals you'd see food and game stands like they're depicted in most anime.

    ...I'm not too knowlegdable in the cultural/historical reasons despite the fact of being half-Japanese myself so I cant get into too much detail.
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    Re: Summer Festivals

    My question is, does it always take place near temples.

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    Re: Summer Festivals

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    My question is, does it always take place near temples.
    This is usually the case, as the festivals are also a source of fund raising for the assorted church/temple groups that operate them...
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    Re: Summer Festivals

    The big matsuri 'festivals' can take place all over a city. Take the famous Gion Matsuri for example. The origin of matsuri is the shintō religion in which matsuri are performed as mass cleaning/purifying events.

    Japanese festivals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Summer Festivals

    They do what everyone else does. Go to the beach. Buy ice-cream. Have the AC on 24/7. Attend festivals and other summer events. Really, I don't see why they should spend their summers any differently (apart from the yukata & festivals) just because they're Japanese.

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    Re: Summer Festivals

    Well, one tradition the Japanese do in the summer that is a bit unique is they smash watermelons. That is the only unique thing that the Japanese do in the summer that I find unique.

    But they just basically blind fold you. Spin you around and give you a stick. Then you try to smash it with a stick. Kind of like trying to hit a pinata only with a watermelon.

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