夏祭り・Summer festivals


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Here we are in a new month and celebrating another 4th. I look at it as our 夏祭り・natsu maturi/summer festival. It takes place in the mid summer heat. There are a variety of activities to participate in that include parades, fireworks, music, dancing, and eating special foods. It’s loud, sometimes a little crowded and raucous. Without family and friends, though, it wouldn’t be significant. That’s what makes it. It’s what we have in common with other cultures we think we’re so different from (and we’re not) – we’re still so new at this. I wish we celebrated more like this in the summer, or that it would last longer. One day or a weekend just doesn’t cut it as far as I’m concerned. It’s summertime after all.

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