Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer Greeting

Here in Japan, we have a custom to exchange a card in the mid-summer saying "Good wishes in this hot summer" for years. The weather is really hard to survive, the heat and high humidity!!
Here I found some cute stickers of the summer greeting. Goldfish is one of the symbolic animal for the summer. Very popular during the season and you see it everywhere you go, on postcards, ads, magazines, books, etc. Cute, eh?
Have a great summer days, girls!

17 comments:

madhatter said...

oh so cute! ^^
i want one, i want one!

hope you make progress with your stuff for the fair.
happy hot summer, kumi! ^.^

Gina said...

"Good wishes in this hot summer" to you kumi! Thank you so much for sharing the culture with us, I am so glad for it!

Patricia said...

This is one of the things that I love about Japan: tradition and culture. I haven't heard about that before. Such a nice tradition! "Good wishes in this hot summer" to you, too.

camomille said...

"Good wishes in this hot summer"!
I like your blog very much : dai suki desu!
I have spend 3 years in Japan and it was great! Mata ne.

Amanda said...

That's an adorable postcard! My one visit to Japan was during July, and I've never experienced such oppressive heat and humidity like Japan in July. I hope you're withstanding the heat.

Funky Finds said...

Good wishes in this hot summer to you Kumi! What a fabulous tradition!!! :) It's certainly been hot here.

jackie said...

We have been experiencing similar hot and humid days in England, it has been hardwork in a stuffy office. The storms came today. We don't have a pleasant custom like your to helps us through.

mi2 in CA said...

The fishes are so CUTE! ^_^ What does it says on top??

*Kumi said...

Hi madhatter.
Did you like the cute goldfish sticker?
It's available at my shop right now.
Maybe we can exchange "summer greeting card" from Germany and Japan?

I'm working on the items for the fair every day, but not enough time at all!! Well, I'll do with all I got! I'll take some photos over the weeknds to share with you!

Happy summer to you, too!

*Kumi said...

Hi Gina.
I'm glad to hear that you enjoy my blog.
I've lived in the US, Canada, France,
Romania, India and Singapore in the past,
so I love to share those Japanese
things/customes with people over the world
who still don't know about them!

*Kumi said...

Hi Patricia.
Yes, Japan has such a long history, thus
we have so many kinds of tradition and
own custome/culture.
I'd love to introduce more to share with you all!

Since you live in Brazil, you're having winther
right now?
Then, have a great winter days to you Patricia!

*Kumi said...

Hi Camomille.
Thanks a lot for your visit to my blog.
Arigato!
Let me visit yours, too!
Jya-ne!

*Kumi said...

Hi Amanda.
You were lucky then!!
Usually, people who just arrived in Japan
in this season screamed with the high humidity!!
Have a great time on your
"quilt camping"!!

*Kumi said...

Hi Jessica.
I bet the summer in TX is really hot!!
Wishing you have a great summer, too!

*Kumi said...

Hi Jackie.
Thanks for your visit to my blog.
Hope you survive in this yucky weather in the UK!!
Happy summer to you!

*Kumi said...

Hi Mimie.
It's impossible to translate into English as we Japanese use the phrases to send the summer wish cards. Umm, it measn "I care about you in this hot summer", like that!

madhatter said...

are you really suggesting a postcard swap? think we don´t have such very pretty cards here, but surely i can check for some nice ones ^^