7月 July in Kanbayashi

After the monsoon rains the humidity and heat soars, the cicadas shrill during the day while the frogs chorus through the night. Dragonflies dart through the rice fields which have grown tall and green.

Summer evenings are filled with festivals: spectacular fireworks or thousands of lanterns floating down the river. Here in Kanbayashi shrines and temples hold smaller festivals with local food and taiko drumming. Children don their yukatta, summer kimono, and light fireworks.

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6月 June in Kanbayashi

 

The beginning of June is magical with (the difficult to catch on camera) fireflies twinkling during the warm nights. Sansho pods and ume plums are ready for pickling. Then tsuyu or the rainy season begins, and the rice fields turn a lush green.