Summer

Summer

After the rainy season of June, July and August are the hottest summer seasons. August 6th is the most impressive day to Hiroshima citizens. That day an atomic bomb destroyed the city was in 1945. It was just one bomb, but all over the city was burned and over one hundred thousand people died at one moment. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is annually held on August 6th, and many citizens and tourists pray for dead and wish the world without nuclear weapons. In the middle of August, the "Mihara Yassa festival" is held in Mihara city. This is a kind of folk song and dance, and we call it Minyo. Minyo is the song which is handed around the town from old times. Mihara Yassa is one of the famous Minyo. People enjoy dancing, shouting "Yassa, Yassa" with the musical instrument of drum, flute and so on. The start of this festival was in 16th century; they say that people celebrated construction of a castle and danced all night. Nowadays we can see the present style of Mihara Yassa. It is very unique festival. Another special feature of summer in Japan is the fireworks. There are several fireworks festivals in Hiroshima prefecture too, and many people enjoy seeing thousands of splendid fireworks. You can feel the bright Japanese culture in summer.

Mihara Yassa Festival
Mihara Yassa Festival

The Mihara Yassa Festival is held in front of Mihara Station over a three-day period each summer. This festival, in which a great many revelers enjoy dancing what is called the "Yassa Dance," has a long and storied history. It is said to have begun around the mid-16th century, when Takakage Kobayakawa, a general of the Warring States Period, c...

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival
Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

In summer, fireworks displays paint the night skies of Japan with radiant light. Among them, the Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival is renowned for the gorgeous splendor of its fireworks, which are launched from off the shore of Miyajima. Around 200 of the festival's approximately 5,000 fireworks are launched from the water. These water firewor...

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony & Peace Message Lantern Floating Ceremony
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony & Peace Message Lantern Floating Ceremony

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year on August 6th, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Some 50,000 local citizens and visitors, as well as ambassadors and dignitaries from around 70 countries, gather here to console the spirits of those killed by the atomic bomb and also to ...

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