It's been a few months of catching up with visiting friends and family with short and long trips away to the Japanese countryside, along with new Island discoveries. With little time to make but time enough to discover the Summer traditions and festivities of Japan. Many days have been spent outdoors. Having dreaded the arrival of the Summer heat, my initiation to the unusual cooler days and prolonged rainy season this Summer have brought relief. Though the sun shows her strength when the clouds clear, there are many ways to keep cool in the ceaseless heat.
Parasol protection, o-bento botanical garden picnics, cool summer yukata , cycling to the sea for a post-work dip, ice cold nama beer or shochou on the rocks, saltwater sandals without socks.