Japanese summers are so unfair. They are packed with amazing things: festivals, fireworks, the beach, all the yummy food. However, summer is also the most challenging season weather wise, hot and humid. Nevertheless, if you are up for a challenge and are willing to battle it out with the humidity, you can have an absolutely amazing time. Take the festivals for instance. In Tokyo every self-respecting neighborhood organizes awaodori (dance parade), and it would be a crime for you not to go and check out at least one of them. You are also more than welcome to take part in the festivities and become a part of the community. For me, I love Japanese festivals especially for this community spirit that they have. Families, lovers, children, neighbors, seniors—everyone around you is smiling, eating, drinking, dancing. So get equipped with some bottles of water, a camera and off you go, off to the most amazing summer time experience of your life!
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Originally from Lithuania, I have been living in Tokyo for over a year now. Currently I teach English for a living, and in my spare time I love exploring Tokyo, eating delicious food, playing Shamisen (pretending to be able to play Shamisen) and studying Japanese. When people ask me why I love Japan, I always find it difficult to find the right answer to this question. The atmosphere, the feeling of this country match me (if I can say so) like nowhere else I have been to. Also, I am fascinated by Japanese traditional culture, aesthetics, and so many other things. Now that I am here, in the country of my dreams, I want to share the greatness of Japan with people all over the world.