英会話・英語 アミック After Obon
Obon has passed and regardless of the hot weather, you will see less and less people swimming at the beach. About a decade ago, I was advised not to go swimming after Obon. This old-time myth says that enko (mythological sea spirits) would grab onto your limbs and pull you down, drowning you. However, about two years ago I was given another warning. After Obon, jellyfish tend to come closer to shore and that it would be dangerous to go out for a swim.
So even though I heard about this, I went to the beach anyway (call me a rebel 😊). The beach was pretty much empty despite it being a beautiful sunny day. I scouted the shallow waters and I spotted one jellyfish about the size of a small bread roll. I figured it was safe enough for my family to go swimming and so we had a fabulous day. I hope to go one more time before summer ends and will be super careful about the jellyfish.