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One of my utmost FAVORITE events of the year, Coco Wine Festival in Ashikaga, Tochigi is a festival celebrating the harvest. You pay 2000 yen at the door for a bottle of wine of your choice, a commemorative glass to drink it with, a pin, and a bottle opener. And then they turn you loose among the vines. It is awesome. This year one of Kenji’s coworkers, Suzuki-san, came as well. She’s hilarious! Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures, so I’ll have to get some from Kenji.

Kiryu, on the way to Ashikaga by train

Pretty day!


Staking out our spot, and enjoying food, wine, and sunshine! That’s the life!