(summer sky in Kyoto)
In Japan, the rainy season is over and summer has officially started. However, it seems like the rain has come back but it has brought some much-needed relief from the summer heat.
The summer greeting, “Shochu mimai (暑中見舞い)”, is an important custom in Japan. In summer, we send a postcard or send/bring a gift to the people whom we would like to show our appreciation to, wishing them well. These days, emails or texts have become major communication tools and not many people write Shochu mimai anymore. The custom remains mostly in business.
The pandemic doesn’t seem to have an end in sight yet but local festivals have gradually come back in Japan after two years. Noryo-Yuka（納涼床/Cooling floors）, Kyoto
You may be reading this under very different circumstances but wherever you are, we wish you stay safe.