Bon Odori dancers from local Japanese cities perform during Iruma’s Bon festival, Japan, July 26, 2023. The traditional dance is nearly 600 years old and is a form of honoring the spirits of one's ancestors.
Indoor events provide some respite from the sweltering heat, and a fun festival taking place at the Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo provides the atmosphere of a summer matsuri without the stifling conditions.
In midsummer, many step out in yukata, or summer kimono, and gather in parks which are colorfully decorated with lanterns – to eat, drink and perform traditional dances to the beat of Japanese folk music.
U.S. Air Force leaders from the 374th Airlift Wing and their Japanese Air Self-Defense Force counterparts gathered at the Operations Support Wing annual sakura viewing on April 1 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.