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Humidity – Mushiatsui! & Firewoks! Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Culture, Grammar

I have been in Japan for about a week now, but its has been so hot and humid and that honestly, I have not had much opportunity to enjoy things around here. Humid is Mushiatsui (蒸し暑い、むしあつい) in Japanese. These days, during the summer, people in Japan are very cautious about staying hydrated, especially, heatstroke is the main concern for everyone. Heatstroke is Nechuusho (熱中症、ねっちゅうしょう) in Japanese. You will often hear this word mentioned everywhere during the summer in Japan.


Despite this mushiatsui weather here, I did manage to go to the Fireworks festival (Hanabi taikai – 花火大会、はなび たいかい) that was held in my hometown (Gifu city).  This fireworks is very popular, and it is one of the main local events in the summer.  The fireworks was amazing!  It was by far the best fireworks I have ever seen.  Since I didn’t get to videotape much, I will share with you one of the videos I found on You tube. Just wanted you to get a feel for this amazing fireworks.


Here is a list of vocabulary or phrases that are related to fireworks.


Fireworks – Hanabi (花火、はなび)

Fireworks festival – Hanabi taikai (花火大会、はなびたいかい)

Let’s go see fireworks! – Hanabi o mini ikou! (花火を見に行こう。はなびを みにいこう。)

I love watching fireworks! – Hanabi o mirunoga daisuki desu. (花火を見るのが大好きです。はなびをみるのが だいすきです。)

I can’t wait to see the fireworks! – Hanabi o mirunoga machido-shiidesu. (花火を見るのが待ち遠しいです。はなびを みるのが まちどおしいです。)

Did you enjoy the fireworks? – Hanabi tanoshinda? (花火楽しんだ? はなび たのしんだ?)

Let’s go see the fireworks again! – Mata hanabi mini ikou ne! (また花火、見に行こうね。また はなび みにいこうね。)

That fireworks was amazing! – Ano hanabi wa saikou datta! (あの花火は最高だった!あのはなびは さいこう だった!)


Fireworks festivals are very popular in Japan. You can find one easily almost in any major city during the summer. If you are in Japan now, or will be here in the summer, don’t miss it. Hope you can catch one and enjoy it!


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About the Author: keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.