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August is the hottest month of summer in Japan, but in the old calendar, which is about a month ahead of the Gregorian calendar adopted in the Meiji era, it was already autumn. The old name for August is hazuki. “Ha” means leaves. It meant the month when the leaves change colors and fall off the trees.
Obon, August 13-15
Yukata and Jimbei
Yukata is a cotton casual kimono for summer. People wear them at the festivals, especially at Bon Odori. Everyone can join and dance. Dancers often wear yukata with the same pattern, like uniforms, for Bon Odori. Jimbei are casual kimono-style tops and pants that are also worn at festivals and in the summer.
Kakigori (かき氷): Japanese-style Shaved Ice
Shaved ice is a favorite summertime sweet. The ice is shaved very finely and flavored with all kinds of syrup, anko (sweet azuki bean paste), and other toppings.
Origami: Paper Crane
This is probably the most known origami model in the world. The crane is an auspicious bird in Japan. The legend says it lives for a thousand years. It is a symbol of longevity. This traditional origami model has been folded for hundreds of years. There are many origami paper crane tutorials online. This is an easy one to follow. It is challenging, but worth a try.
Senbazuru: Thousand Paper Cranes
August 5, 1 PM:
Up-Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures (The Japan Foundation of London)
August 6, 2 PM:
Responses to the US COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Outlook (JETRO Chicago)
August 10, 6 PM:
Baseball in Japan and the US During Covid-19 (JAS Dallas)
September 16, 1 PM:
Sustainability and Manufacturing Virtual Discussion (JAS Georgia)
Japanese-English Reading Circle
The Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Members meet to discuss Japanese- and English- language readings with each other as well as play vocabulary games in their second language.