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I’m going to try to get all my blog posts updated before we go to Korea, so hopefully there will be several updates in the next few days! March 14th was White Day, Japan’s candy companies’ response to Valentine’s Day. Whereas on Valentine’s Day girls give chocolates to boys they like, on White Day the boys reciprocate with a bit more. To celebrate, Kenji and I hung out in Takasaki and spent the night out there, then headed back in the morning. For the most part, nothing exiting, but the next day when we headed back to Fujioka, we stopped at a few interesting places.

First, while leaving Annaka (where we stayed the night), we came across a big set of torii gates and decided to find the shrine they belonged to and get some interesting pictures.

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The torii gates from the road

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First view of the temple

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A few more shots

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Pretty flowers on a gorgeous day!

After wasting some time there, we started the drive back to Fujioka. As we crossed the bridge over the river that separates Fujioka from Takasaki, we noticed some cars parked on the dry riverbed below the bridge. “How’d they get down there?” I wondered. “Want to find out?” Kenji asked, and so we turned off and tried our best to find the way to get down there. Streets in Japan being what they are, of course we didn’t find it, but we did find a few interesting things and places anyway, so it was still fun!

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A tiny shrine off the beaten path

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A cool place for pictures

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And of course for flowers as well. I predict everyone will be tired of flower pictures by the end of spring!

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The path to the river filled with vibrant yellow flowers.

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The shutterbug at work

After finally figuring out how to navigate the roads to get back to the main one, we spy a tiny festival in Onochuu territory which we decided to check out as well. Of course, a few of the kids were Kenji’s students from when he taught there, so it wasn’t quite so weird for everyone to see to foreigners at what was a pretty local festival! Everyone was super nice, and we came in at the end of it so we stayed just long enough to see a few dances.

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Peaking in…

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The Lion Dance

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Decorations are bright and colorful!

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All the kids at the end

So it wasn’t a super eventful day, but very fun nonetheless! Weekends like that are really nice.

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