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Part two concluded this weekend with another trip up to the Fuji mountain with Kenji’s parent’s this time. They are in Japan to go to his mom’s school reunion, and they came first to see Kenji in Fujioka for a few days. Both Kenji and I have had a cold this past week, so it has been difficult to juggle work and planning Iriomote with trying to get well and still show his parent’s a nice time in the area, but we did it!

They came Sunday afternoon, so we first went up to see the Fuji again, and also peeked in at our kids’ sports meets below the hill at the tennis courts. After that, we drove to Kanna-machi to see the Koi-no-Buri… more on that in a bit. First, more Fuji pictures! They’d definitely grown, but were still not in full bloom. I hope they’re still beautiful when we get back from Iriomote!

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Definitely longer than the last weekend…

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Fujioka Matsuri!

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SO PRETTY!

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Booths lined up

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Looots of flowers!

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And more!

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A nice, non-hazy view of the area.. you can see the mountains of Niigata and Nagano from here!

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A paler color

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The wind almost blowing us awaaaaaaaaaaay~

It had absolutely POURED buckets that morning, then the strong wind blew the clouds away, and the pollution with it. The clarity in the air was amazing, but the wind was still super strong!

We didn’t do the long walk this time, because we wanted to make the drive up into the mountains to Kanna-machi to see the famous Koi-no-Buri. Koi-no-Buri are fish streamers households with boy children put up in time for Boy’s Day in May. I think it’s called “Children’s Day” now, but the streamers are reserved only for families with boys. Every person in the family gets one with respect to their position and age. So Dad’s will be longest, then mom’s, then any remaining children (not just boys at this point). Most houses put it up near them, but Kanna-machi is special because they string them up with the whole town over the river. There are literally hundreds of them, some several meters taller than a full-grown man, so it is really a sight to behold!

And it totally met, and surpassed, expectations. It was really an awesome sight! I took WAY too many pictures, and they don’t do it justice:

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Making the drive to Kanna-machi, we passed some gorgeous views of the lake that winds through the mountains and follows the road

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Think we posed for pictures at this point

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Wild Fuji!

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Kanna-machi’s main -and only- street!

And the Koi-no-buri:
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They look a lot bigger in this picture than they really are, but they’re STILL pretty giant!

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The wind made it just about perfect, and we hit perfect lighting as well!

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A lot of them look the same because I had such trouble choosing, sorry!

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Posing!

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That’s the last of them.. that I’ve uploaded, anyway!

Finally, we headed back and stopped a few more places for pictures:

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Lake views in the setting sun

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And lastly, the view from their hotel room over Fujioka

We spent some more time with his parent’s this past week, along with working and recuperating and planning. His parent’s left this morning (Thursday), and tomorrow we leave for Iriomote! YAY!

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