Today is a national holiday named YAMA-NO-HI. YAMA-NO-HI is Mountain Day.
It is to thank the benefit from mountains, because there are a lot of mountains in Japan.
This holiday began from 2016. This day itself doesn’t have any special meaning as the holiday.

OBON(お盆) coming soon

OBON is one of the Buddhist annual event. Usually it is observed from August 13 to 15, although the period depends on the region.
It is said that our ancestor’s spirits come back to their home on OBON.
The family members gather together on OBON, also many companies give a vacation to their employees at that time – the period from 11 to 15, 16 or 19 is common this year.
So KISEI-RUSSHU or homecoming rush happens at that time, too.


Pay attention, because major tourist attractions will be crowded in this period.


I went to TAKATSUKI-MATSURI last weekend.
It is the local festival held in TAKATSUKI city.

This festival is held to strengthen the bond among residents in TAKATSUKI city – this time was the 49th time.
Many stalls were opened by local communities at the ground of TOEN(桃園) primary school.

Many people wore Japanese traditional clothes named YUKATA(浴衣).

I ate a local food named UDON-GYOZA(うどん餃子) – this is GYOZA which is made with Japanese traditional noodle named UDON instead of thin flour dough.

Also GYOZA is a dumpling wrapped with thin flour dough – the ingredients are basically minced pork, chopped leek, Chinese cabbage and so on.


The streets around TAKATSUKI station were closed and pedestrianized.
Then the dancing parade was conducted on the main street.

The big earthquake hit the northern part of OSAKA two month ago. So the cancellation of this festival were actually considered this year.
But the municipality decided to hold it to animate residents including victims of the earthquake.


I think that their decision was right because a lot of people visited it and they looked like enjoying it.
I hope it will be held next year, too.

Disaster prevention measure for earthquakes.

The severe earthquake hit northern OSAKA last month.
I need to prepare against next earthquake. One of prevention measures is this thing.

This goods is to prevent furnitures like shelves from falling down.
It is used like this – by extending this pole to the length that the rod can push a top of a furniture and a ceiling and fix them.

This good is very good because it is easy to fix furnitures to a ceiling – I don’t need any tools, I don’t need to drill holes in a ceiling and a wall.
I will use it to fix some shelves and the refrigerator.

Let’s eat steak!!

I went to a steak restaurant named “Big Boy” yesterday – Big Boy is a franchise restaurant originated from USA.
I was surprised that it provides a huge steak named “The Rock”.

The appearance is just “The Rock”. The weight is 450 gram – American-size.
You can see a black, cylindrical thing on the plate. This is a heated stone to grill meat more. So customers can control steak done.
I was satisfied!!


Today is UMI-NO-HI, one of the national holidays – it is observed on the third Monday of July.
UMI-NO-HI is Marine Day. This holiday is to express gratitude for the benefit given by the sea and to pray for prosperity of Japan.
Because we like seafood and a beach.

It is a relatively new national holiday, which was designated in 1995. Originally this holiday was observed on July 20.

Bravo!! Fireworks!!

When it comes to the summer, fireworks spring to mind.
We call it “HANABI(花火)”  – literally meaning flower of fire. Japan’s HANABI is high level.
Because there are the craftsmen producing high quality HANABI. They can describe beautiful flowers in the sky.
They are developing new HANABI. So the shape and color vary. Recently they can describe ANIME characters.
In summer, a lot of fireworks displays are held nationwide. Of course they are held in OSAKA, too.
Japanese people like seeing HANABI, so a lot of people go out to see them – over 400,000 people visit the most major HANABI display.
Very crowded, But exciting!!

The major HANABI display in OSAKA prefecture
Date and Time: July 25 / 7:30 pm – 8:50 pm
Site: SAKURANOMIYA staion (JR loop line), TENMABASHI staion (KEIHAN line

Date and Time: August 1 / 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Site: TONDABAYASHI station (KINTETSU line)

Date and Time: August 4 / 7:40 pm – 8:40 pm
Site: JUSO station (HANKYU line), HIMEJIMA station (HANSHIN line), NISHINAKAJIMAMINAMIGATA station (OSAKA METRO), TSUKAMOTO staition (JR line)

The rainy season was over.

Japan Meteorological Agency reported that the rainy season, which is called TSUYU(梅雨) was over in KANSAI area this year.
Also it expected that the temperature is getting higher from this week.
So the real summer begins from this week.
The severe rain fell on western part of Japan last week – it continued about three days.
Some rivers were flooded and landslides happened at the mountain areas. Over 150 people were killed by this disaster.
I hope quick restoration.


Today is a festival day called TANABATA.
TANABATA  is one of the festivals which is annually held on July 7.
It is based a Chinese folk legend.
This is a story of lovers – ORIHIME(織姫) and HIKOBISHI(彦星).
ORIHIME is a weaver – she is also princess, and HIKOBISHI is a cowherd. They love each other but they can meet only once a year on this day because God separated them after they were getting lazier for their works.
In the sky, you can see two bright stars in this season – Vega and Alter.
Vega have been regarded as ORIHIME and Alter have been regarded as HIKOBOSHI.
They are separated by Milky Way like the story.

I will get the bonus!!

A bonus is a special extra wage. A lot of companies provide it for employees twice a year – in the summer and the winter.
My company provides the almost same amount of wage as two times of the monthly salary. I will get it this week.
I want to buy a new PC or a new smart phone.
I’m excited!!