During summer months in Japan, there are many things that come to your mind. This is another article about it. I have collected some of the common words we use during summer.
台風、たいふう (Taifu) – Typhoon
During the summer, typhoons are pretty common in Japan. It normally approaches at the end of summer, starting at the end of August and going into September. However, there are some exceptions like this summer. We had a typhoon No8 approaching last week. It caused significant damage in Okinawa and other parts of the country.
扇風機、せんぷうき (Senpu-ki) – Electric fan
扇風機、せんぷうき is must have in Japan during summer. You can’t go through without this since it gets so hot and humid!
蚊取線香、かとりせんこう (katori senko-) – Mosquito Coil
蚊取線香、かとりせんこう is another must have item during summer. Although it has a very distinct smell to it, it really works, better than any other sprays or chemicals to stay away from evil mosquitoes!
蚊、か (ka) – mosquito
Related to the above ,one thing I absolutely hate during summer in Japan is Mosquitoes! Mosquitoes are called “Ka(蚊、か) in Japanese. It is easy to say it and remember. If you come to Japan during the summer, just be careful! There are many of them everywhere!
お祭り、おまつり (Omatsuri) – summer festivals
お祭り、おまつり is very popular during the summer. There are many summer festivals at temples and shrines throughout Japan. Fun part of the お祭り、おまつり is to check out many of the 屋台、やたい(small shops) that sell food, toys, ,and drinks. You can play simple games as well. I will cover in detail about お祭り、おまつり in my future articles.
水まんじゅう、みずまんじゅう (mizu manju) – rice cake in water
You might know about まんじゅう, Japanese rice cakes with sweet beans inside. Well, 水まんじゅう、みずまんじゅう literally means, rice cake (Japanese manju) in water. You eat these manju chilled and before you eat them, you add some water to eat together. It is so yummy! Be sure to try this if you come to Japan during summer.
Hope you enjoyed reading this article! Enjoy your summer!