After the rainy season, this summer begins with a typical festival, fireworks, and open beaches, and new coronaviruses continue to spread throughout the country.
Shonan and other famous beaches in Kanagawa Prefecture, which are close to Tokyo, do not have huts or lifeguards because people are advised to stay away from strict coronavirus protection.
The association, which represents about 40 beach hat businesses in Zushi City in the prefecture, continues patrols and tidying up while patrolling off-limits beaches, but says some members cannot survive without opening a hut. It was
Even beach visitors take antivirus measures, such as maintaining social distance and wearing face masks.
A woman in her 70s living in Fujisawa said she missed the sun when she visited the beach in Kanagawa prefecture for the first time this year with her son and family.
A woman wearing a face mask and sunglasses said her grandson enjoyed playing in the waves.
In Tohoku Japan, the Omagari Fireworks Festival in Daisen City, Akita Prefecture, which is visited by 700,000 people every year, was canceled for the first time in 73 years, and many fireworks balls remained.
“Hibiki Ogaki and Kentaro Saito, 40, the president of the fireworks festival, who prepared 20,000 fireworks balls in February,” said “Thank you for next year.
Famous festivals such as the Aomori Nebuta Festival, where large-scale floats parade in Aomori City, and the Sendai Tanabata Festival in Miyagi Prefecture, known for its hanging decorations, have been cancelled.
In Fukuoka, Southwest Japan, ice makers were hit by the cancellation of summer festivals and events where shaved ice is widely sold.
“July and August are the best times for business, but I think this year’s sales will be 30% below the level of the previous year,” said Osamu Maeda, 66.
The coronavirus pandemic forced children to change their summer vacation plans as many schools shortened their summer vacation to compensate for emergency spring closures.
A group that holds a sports day for children in Sapporo, Hokkaido decided not to ask for participation because elementary school students have a limited break time.
Japan’s National High School Baseball Championship this summer was canceled following the cancellation of the spring tournament.
“I have never experienced such a recession,” said Hatsue Fujisaka, who runs a restaurant near the Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, where the final is held.
Husband Etsuo (81) felt sad because many high school baseball players didn’t go to the restaurant, but added that he “keeps his health and works.”