What to do with the intense heat of the Japanese summer?

Today we are going to talk about the various products and methods that exist in Japan to combat the intense heat of the summer between the months of June and August. Among these products there are sprays, cooling wipes, fans, folding fans, air conditioners, etc.

One of these inventions is the ice pillows that can be found in HyakuEn stores (100 円), just put it in the freezer and then use it. Cold wipes are another alternative, they keep your skin cool for up to an hour. There is also gel, foam and spray to refresh your skin.

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avoiding the heat

In addition to the traditional folding fan (sensu 扇子) that we know, during the summer it is very common to find the uchiwa (団扇), a rigid fan with a natural bamboo structure covered with paper, they are widely used during the summer festival along with yukata.

Counter heat

Some Japanese also use air-conditioned clothes and shoes, or simply use a product that makes clothes cooler or choose fabrics suitable for summer. To avoid the heat, the Japanese also consume cold drinks and foods like iced noodles only and others.

To learn more about the products we're talking about, let's leave a video from Japan showcasing these products to keep cool in the summer:

against the insects

In addition to the heat, the Japanese have to cope with the large number of insects that appear in the summer. For this, the Japanese usually burn an incense to repel the insects. They also often use traditional mosquito nets, but fortunately many houses have insect screens on the windows.

Other care

We should not only end the heat, but also avoid the sun that causes skin problems. Some Japanese people often use clothes that completely protect the skin from the sun, such as arm covers. It is common to find small wind chimes made of glass called Fuurin, with which you can know the strength and direction of the wind, as well as protect yourself from storms.


During the summer, various places, such as fountains in squares, are available for children and others to cool off. There is another custom called Uchimizu where a group of people usually sprinkles water on each other. There are various other ways to prevent against the intense heat of the Japanese summer. What methods do you use?

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