Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Countdown to the Tenjin Matsuri #5...

Next Saturday, July 25th, is the Tenjin Matsuri, one of the biggest and most popular summer festivals in Osaka. We’ve decided to help you countdown to the festival by teaching you how to say a different festival-related word in English every day. Let’s start with…

5) Yukata = Summer Kimono

A couple of girls in summer kimonos row a boat past a river-side summer festival

Summer festivals in Japan wouldn’t be the same without yukata. In English, we don’t have a special word for yukata. However, everybody knows kimono. If you call a yukata a “summer kimono,” all English speakers will know exactly what you’re talking about.


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