Summer in Japan

nihon no natsu

There’s something special about Summer in Japan. This will be my 9th summer in Japan and I love it more each year. The sound of cicadas and the scent of burning incense will always bring back sweet memories. Summer is filled with lots of fun activities and a sense of excitement. Maybe it’s the Hanabi(Fireworks) festivals that I love so much. Or hanging out with friends at beer gardens. There is just so much to love about summer!

If you are in Tokyo this summer, you might want to check out one of these firework festivals:

Sumida River Fireworks
Viewing Spots: Along the Sumida River near Asakusa Station
Date: July 27, 2013

Tokyo Bay Fireworks
Viewing spots: Harumi, Toyosu and Odaiba
Date: August 10, 2013

And have an ice cold beer at one of Tokyo’s top beer gardens.

Teru Teru Bozu

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The rainy season is here in Japan and it’s timely to make some Teru Teru Bozu, a cute traditional handmade doll that Japanese farmers hang outside their window. This little amulet is believed to have magical powers to bring good weather and stop/prevent rain. When hung upside down it can also act as a prayer for rain (which is much needed in Singapore right now due to the haze). Here’s a simple tutorial on how to make your own Teru Teru Bozu. This post is dedicated to friends and family in Singapore. Stay indoors and make a Teru Teru Bozu to hope for rain!

1.Select your materials
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2.Decorate the edges of the cloth with decorative tapes.
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3. Snip a small slit in the middle of your cloth.
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4.Make a loop with baker’s twine/any thread and string it though the slit. Tie a knot at the end.
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5.Place a ball of fillings on the center of cloth and wrap up tightly. Tighten with a ribbon.
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6.Draw your Teru Teru Bozu face with fabric markers. Make it a happy one!
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7. All done and ready to be hung up by the window!
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If you have more time…

Try different tape combinations to decorate your cloth.
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Make more to increase the power!
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Remember to hang it upside down if you want it to rain!!!

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