Kyoto’s Gion Festival Part 1: History

If you make it down to Japan’s old capital of Kyoto in July, you are bound to be drawn into the festivities all around throughout the month for the grand festival of Gion. If you thought Kyoto’s Aoi Festival was a long and outstanding event, then wait till you have seen how the entire city goes all out for the entire month, regardless of how hot or rainy it might get, in order to celebrate the Gion Festival! Gion Festival is considered to be one of the three grand festivals of Japan, along-side the Tenjin Festival in Osaka and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo.

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Surviving the Dreaded Japanese Summer

Summers in Japan are deadly–literally. During the hot and humid months of the year, you will most likely hear 3 or 4 ambulance sirens on average per day, due to someone collapsing from the heat. It can easily get up to 40°C in the summer and with the extreme humidity, that temperature can easily increase in feeling.

So how do you survive these outrageous temperature from Hell?

Check out some cheap and easy ways to stay cool (and out of the hospital) during your summer in Japan! Continue reading