One of the cornerstones of summer in Japan have to be the festivals. Throughout the warmer months, particularly during August once school holidays are in full swing, Japan is set alight by festivals and fireworks displays. There’s a buzz in the atmosphere as the locals come together, let loose, and enjoy the summer nights, eating, drinking, and playing.
The biggest festival in my current home of Fukui is the Phoenix Festival. Held over three days at the beginning of August, the Phoenix Festival is when Fukui truly comes alive not unlike a phoenix from the ashes, ha ha. The festival kicks off with a huge fireworks display along the Asuwa River, but the mainstay of the weekend of excitement was in the downtown area by Fukui Station. Food stalls, yosakoi dance competitions, and world beer stands were just a few of the things keeping the energy levels going through the weekend.