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After Tsuchi-to-Hi-no-Sato, we went home and got ready to go to Maebashi for the Tanabata Festival and our friend Terry’s Goodbye Party. He had requested yukata, so we got ours out, and after a few tries I just couldn’t get it right. So we drove to Kyoko-sensei’s and she helped the both of us put it on! That made us a bit late, but at least we were presentable!

Tanabata is a festival held on July 7th and celebrates the only day of the year Altair and Vega (I think) can meet. Usually they are separated by the milky way. The story is really interested and sweet! Anyway, Maebashi was having the festival from Thursday through Sunday, so we combined Terry’s party with the matsuri.

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Awwwwww

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Waiting for the train

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A bunch of us at the izakaya!

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Kenji with Simone and Jenn! Simone is the new Onishi ALT, so we made plans to meet up with her for her matsuri also being held that weekend!

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Me and Byron, and Me, Tricia, and Terry!

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A cool picture that was probably an accident…

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Teriyaki’s party goes on to the next stage!

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Walking through the matsuri to the bar

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At some point Adam’s yukata comes undone, so Kenji tries to help him put it back on…

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But they finally had to get Geoff’s genki girlfriend to help!

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Crisis solved! And a hello kitty blowup thing he must have picked up at the matsuri…

We missed the last train home (of course!) so we found a cheap hotel to spend the night and went back the next morning. I wasn’t feeling well, but luckily had the rest of the day to recover before the next matsuri!

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