Obon and Summer Vacation
Iwate university will finally start its summer vacation after the final examinations are over. Swimming, camping, barbecues... What are your plans? Here are some of the best places to spend the summer in Iwate, as introduced by Ritt, a Thai student. (Languages: English, Thai)
Obon and Summer Vacation (お盆と夏休み)
After the tough exam, It is time to relax! Yeah! ... The summer vacation that everyone has been waiting for. With the summer vacation to relax, reboot yourself, and get ready for the next semester. ...Many people may plan to spend this time. Returning to their hometown to meet family and friends, many people plan to use this time to travel, open the world, learn, experience new things, or relax at home.
In early August, around August 13-16 of every year, In Japan, there will be an Obon festival in the summer season. To worship the spirits of their deceased ancestors Many Japanese people use this time to go back home to visit their families and commemorate their grandparents and ancestors. During the Obon festival, Each family would go out to pay respects to the grave together, starting with cleaning the grave, laying flowers, lighting incense, and chanting sutras to the ancestors. Then they would go together to have a meal and spend time together, which is similar to Thailand.
For anyone who still has no plans to do anything or go anywhere, I would like to introduce you to interesting places. It may be an idea to invite your friends to go hang out together this summer.
Beach and Sea (ビーチと海)
When talking about tourist attractions in the summer. The first place that comes to many people's minds may be the sandy beaches and the seaside, where we can relax and cool down in the hot sunshine while feeling the soft sand and cool sea water. ... Although there is no sea in Morioka for us to play in, we can go enjoy other cities around Iwate Prefecture either by train or by car. Today we would like to bring interesting beaches as ideas for all of you.
Jodogahama Beach (浄土ヶ浜海浜)
Take a walk and relax closely to nature with the white sandy beach and clean sea water. Release your mood while looking at the sandy beaches and white rocks contrasting with the turquoise sea and sky. Or if anyone wants to take a cruise to see the island and enjoy the sea view, there is also a service. Jodogahama Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan. If you have a chance, please visit once!
Reference and more information
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/D38QbZe2JsQN76x68
Kirikiri Beach (吉里吉里海岸海水浴場)
Another white sand beach that will chill your mind with a white sandy beach and blue, beautiful, clear seawater. Also, the cool breeze will help you relieve the heat very well. Kirikiri, the name of this beach may come from the "Kirikiri" sound that comes on the scene while walking along the beach. It is like the sound of grains of sand singing together for everyone to hear.
Reference and more information
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/F2adHCZUWcUR8n1a8
Camping and BBQ (キャンプとバーベキュー)
Another interesting activity in the summer are camping, hiking, and barbecuing. Change the atmosphere. Get in touch with nature, and see the view of the green trees, while eating and partying together with friends. Today we will introduce a forest park where everyone can go camping and do some sports activities.
Moriokashi Sotoyama Forest Park (外山森林公園)
A forest park where you can enjoy camping activities, barbecuing, observing nature, looking at trees, and having fun with friends. This place provides many services, either a barbecue set or various activities such as mushroom picking and bird watching. You can choose an activity to spend time with friends or family, as you wish.