Travel Japan: Summer Festival Gear

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Geared for Fun!

Geared for Fun!

The summer heat isn't the best part of the season, but the festivals more than make up for the sweltering heat waves. Truth be told, I haven't been to a summer festival in a while, but last time I went, I did it right. Granted, I was only eight or nine, but I was sure to wear the entire ensemble. This includes, wearing geta, using an uchiwa, and wearing a Yukata. For those who didn't bother following the links, those are wooden sandals, a traditional paper fan, and a summer Japanese kimono, respectively.
While the wooden sandals may sound like a bother, they're actually quite comfortable. Not many young people choose to still wear geta casually, or even at festivals sometimes, so don't feel obliged to participate. However, if I ever visit Denmark, I'd try the wooden clogs.
The yukata and uchiwa on the otherhand are probably more useful during the summer season. With the heat and humidity working together, staying cool isn't just a good idea, it's essential. Yukata are made of lightweight, breathable fabric to keep you feeling cool as you sip on that bottle of Ramune. As for the uchiwa, who wouldn't want a fan while out on a hot day?
So am I forgetting anything? Feel free to follow us on Facebook or Instagram and leave a comment, or share how you like to prepare for any Japanese festivals you go to in Japan, or even here in the United States!

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