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