If you're in Japan in the summer and you feel like there's nothing much to do because a. no cherry blossoms to adore b. the sight of Mt. Fuji is on vacation, you should think again. This country has so many ways to entertain you and never lose it's charm even if it's scorching hot and humid outside.
The usual Japanese lanterns at night, still so beautiful!
We stayed elevated on a second floor of a hotel so we can take a nice shot of the fireworks.
I totally abhor crowded places but anything in Japan is always an exemption.
Our seat mates for this waiting game.
Almost everyone were dolled up in their yukata (summer kimono). I.. was jealous.
This is just a small portion of all the people who went there on that day. It was crazy crowded so there were lots of policemen going around to control the cars and people as well.
Say hello to the people of Japan
There were Japanese street food sellers. One of the best part of a Japanese summer festival since you get to eat all okonomiyaki, takoyaki, yakisoba, yakitori, kakigori (among many others) that you want.
There were plenty of parades but we only saw this!
Missing children and kids who were afraid to be away from their family.
Organizers and people who were guarding the parade are also in full (or I must say half) costume. Just recheck the photo before this to see what are they wearing for their bottoms.
Thomas kiddy yukata. WANT!
The usual yukata for teens, lots of flowers and ribbons!
"Hmm, what should I get?" says this lady.
Drinks and nama beer!
Underdressed kakigori seller (well I can't judge her, I feel like dying with the heat on that day)
And more toys
I love Japanese kids!
Nom! Bananas covered in chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate.
Yukata and crocs! Hahaha I love Japan, you can getaway wearing anything!
We were walking towards Numazu port for the fireworks!
Costume number 1
The only cosplayer I saw that day. Coolio!
Old style architecture fascinates me.
Bumper to bumper
The view from the station
My favourite shot
From July-August, there are on going fireworks festival all over Japan. It's mostly free but in some cities, you have to pay to have a good seat. Before the main event, you can see people dressed up in yukata. Or teenagers roaming around waiting for their suki na hito (crushes). I hope somehow thru these photos, you've experienced the fun of a Japanese summer festival. There's more on the following weeks that I hope I get to attend too.