Teacher, 24 (American)
It’s my first summer in Japan. I like watching people wearing yukata and the fireworks and food at festivals — people-watching, and definitely a beer.
Yoga instructor, 31 (Japanese)
My father grows a lot of fruit and vegetables. So in summer we enjoy barbecues with all his homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, eggplants, watermelons and peaches.
Junior high school teacher, 54 (Japanese)
The Nagoshi Festival in Murotsu, in the western part of Kansai, is the best. It’s exciting and primitive. Around 40 people beat drums nonstop for eight hours. It’s got great energy.
Receptionist, 21 (Japanese)
I love the PL Festival in Osaka, which is the biggest fireworks in Kansai. I’m from a small island near Himeji, so I also like having barbecues next to the beach and jet-skiing.
Finance assistant, 60 (Australian)
I’m here on holidays. This is my first time in the Kansai area. It’s really humid but the sun is not as strong as in Australia. The rural area outside Himeji is really beautiful with all the rice paddies.