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Top Readers’ Photos In Japan: August 2020

Summer sights.

When rainy season continued through the majority of July most of us were probably worried it would never end! Luckily August pulled through and finally brought us the long awaited hot summer sun. Of course now we need to be wary of heatstroke but other than that we can finally enjoy the summer sun in full. Although most of us are recommended to not be travelling around too much, it was nice to see our readers were still able to get up to some summer shenanigans.

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10. Summer Sunset in Tokyo

9. Summer Illuminations at Heijō Palace in Nara

8. Socially distanced Summer Sumo in Tokyo

7. Summer Yukata in Kawagoe, Saitama

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What’s your country’s traditional clothes? . . In the PHILIPPINES 🇵🇭, we have Barong Tagalog for men 👦 and Baro’t Saya for women 👧 . Barong—a long-sleeve shirt with intricate embroidery that is usually made from Pineapple or Abaca. . Baro’t Saya—it actually means ‘blouse and skirt.’ This ensemble consists of 4 PARTS: blouse, skirt, pañuelo(it looks like a shawl), and a tapis (rectangular piece of cloth worn on top of the skirt). . I’ve only worn Baro’t Saya once and it was for a school presentation. Hopefully I could wear it again and my husband can wear Barong Tagalog 😊 . In JAPAN 🇯🇵, there are several traditional dresses but the popular ones are the kimono 👘 and yukata. They look pretty similar, so many people can’t really tell the difference. . But it’s pretty easy differentiate when you’ve worn one or if you’ve been in Japan for a while. . The one I’m wearing in this shot is a YUKATA. It’s worn during summer, has one collar, usually made from cotton, and less complicated to put on compared to a Kimono. In addition, a Yukata is commonly worn during summer festivals 🥳 . A KIMONO is usually made from silk, it has 2 collars, it’s more traditional, and you wear it with socks 🧦 unlike the Yukata, which you can either wear with socks or not. . . . . . . #fashionblogger #philippines #japan #gaijinpottravel #japantravelblog #visitjapanjp #川越 #japantraveling #gaijinpottravel #instadaily

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6. Summer Shrine in Enoshima 

5. Summer Activity in Okinawa

4. Summer Furin at Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe

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What is the most romantic place you’ve been? . This was shot at HIKAWA SHRINE, KAWAGOE last week around 6 am. We wanted to be early to avoid people as much as we can. . It’s a shrine popular among women and couples because it is said to bring luck regarding LOVE ❤️ . From July to September, Enmusubi Wind Chime Festival is held and you’ll see a colorful tunnel of wind chimes. However, because of this pandemic this event was cancelled, thus you’ll only see THIS short tunnel and a pin-wheel wall at the entrance. . In Japanese culture, it is said that the WIND is like a messenger, so whenever the wind blows the chimes, it means that your ‘love prayer’ is being sent to the gods of match-making ❤️ . . Dress: IRIS @rakutenfashion Mask: お祭り問屋の岸ゴム @rakuten_official Shoes: @shoplist_official . . . . . #川越 #japan #visitjapanjp #ig_japan #gaijinpottravel #matcha_readyforjapan #travel #dametraveler #tokyocameraclub #fashionstyle

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3. Summer Windmill in Shodoshima 

2. Summer Sunflowers in Hiroshima

1. Celebrating Obon at Yasukuni Shrine

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🤓Obon (🇬🇧in the first comment) ⠀ 🇮🇹Mentre da noi si festeggia ferragosto, in Giappone è la “festa dei morti”, l’Obon. Secondo la tradizione buddhista infatti, tra il 13 e il 15 del settimo mese, gli spiriti degli antenati vanno a fare visita alle proprie famiglie e danzano insieme a loro la Bon Odori, una danza tipica e le lanterne di carta (chochin), aiutano gli spiriti a trovare la via. ⠀ ✨ Agosto è il settimo mese secondo il calendario lunare, per questo quasi ovunque in Giappone viene celebrato in questo periodo. Il Mitama Matsuri allo Yakusuni si svolge però a metà luglio ed è un festival Obon con oltre 30.000 lanterne. Quest’anno però è stato cancellato a causa del Covid-19. ⠀ ✨È per me uno dei Matsuri più suggestivi di Tokyo, sebbene si svolga in un luogo controverso come il Santurio Yasukuni, dedicato ai caduti di guerra giapponesi, inclusi alcuni uomini classificati dagli altri Paesi come criminali di guerra. ⠀ 💡Se siete interessati ai Matsuri estivi di Tokyo o a saperne di più sul Santuario Yasukuni, trovate entrambi gli articoli sul blog. ⠀ #obon #mitamamatsuri #japaneselanter #yasukunishrine #lanternfestival #japanlovers #beautifuldestinations #warmcheaptrips #gaijinpottravel #ilovejapan #vistjapanjp #travelholic #special_spot_legend #worldnomads #mytinyatlas #ilgiapponetiaspetta #giapponiamo #tokyosummer #matsuri

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