[Top 5] Japanese events in July / What Japanese do in July

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  • Top 5 major events in July
  • Brief guidance about 5 events
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  • Who want to know Japanese culture
  • Who want to know items Japanese like
  • Who want to enjoy staying in Japan


Rainy season is finally over !


Yes, it is !


I want to go around Japan again !


That’s nice, I would like to introduce what Japanese do in July, for your good staying !

With reading of this page, you will get above listed knowledges as well as Japanese have. I will be very glad if you could read this article to the end.

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SHINTA+ / Japanese blog writer, born and raised in Japan, visited more than 20 countries, introducing Japanese culture to the world, with both domestic & international experiences.


Tanabata is very traditional event on 7th. July, in Japan. There is a legend from China that the star ‘Orihime (Vega)’ and ‘Hikoboshi (Altair)’ meet across the Milky Way, in this day. People decorate bamboo grass and make a wish to the stars in Tanabata.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Tanabata’

  • It’s on 7th. July
  • Orihime meet Hikoboshi across the Milky Way
  • Decorating bamboo grass
  • People make a wish to the stars

Hope wishes in Tanabata day will come true !

Gion Matsuri

Gion Matsuri is the traditional festival in Kyoto in July. Festival is held though this month. The main event is ‘Yoiyama’ to display floats and ‘Yamahoko Junko’ as parade of floats.

In 2020, due to COVID-19, both main events were cancelled. However, Gion Matsuri itself was made, because this festival is originally to ward off the epidemic and plague.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Gion Matsuri’

  • Traditional festival in Kyoto since 869
  • Originally to ward off the epidemic
  • ’Yoiyama’ is event to display float
  • ’Yamahoko Junko’ is a parade of floats
  • In 2020, ‘Yoiyama’ & ‘Yamahoko Junko’ were cancelled due to COVID-19

It’s generally too hot in Kyoto in the day of Gion Matsuri !

Umi Biraki

Umi biraki is the event in opening of the beach and shops on the beach. From the day of Umi Biraki, beach equipment is available and life savers are distributed on the beach.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Umi Biraki’

  • The day of opening the beach
  • It’s generally in beginning of July
  • Shops, restaurants are opening
  • Safety nets setting and life savers distributed
  • In 2020, many beaches Won’t be opened due to COVID-19

Swimming in the ocean is popular in Japan !

Natsu Yasumi

Summer break of schools is started in July, we call it as ‘Natsu Yasumi’ in Japanese. It’s approximately one month of summer vacation for students. In 2020, to recover backlog of school suspension by COVID-19 in April, Natsu Yasumi is shortened.

Bits of knowledge about ‘Natsu Yasumi’

  • Summer break in educational institutions
  • Starting around 7/20 to end of August
  • People enjoy vacation in this period
  • In 2020, it’s shortened due to COVID-19

Children are really looking forward to Natsu Yasumi !

Ushi no hi (The day of the Ox)

There is ‘Ushi no hi’ in end of July. The date is changeable based on luna calendar. It’s one day between 18th. July to 7th. August. In 2021, it will be 28th. July

In ‘Ushi no hi’, Japanese eat freshwater eel. It’s said that eel has much energy to survive severe hot and humid Japanese summer. We can get eels at restaurant, supermarkets, convenience stores, etc in this season.


I like eel, however, recently getting expensive
due to poor catch to save resources…


In the end, I would like to summarize the points of this article as follows

5 Major events in July in Japan

  • Tanabata festival
  • Gion Matsuri Festival
  • Umi Biraki
  • Natsu Yasumi
  • Ushi no hi


In July, rainy season is over in Japan


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I hope you could find something new about Japanese life in July. If you have a opportunity to come to Japan in this month, please carefully observe Japanese people. I believe you can find the facts in line with the article.

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