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First up, I went to Mikabo Hoikuen (day care I teach at every other Friday) thinking it was regular English class day, but as it turns out they were supposed to call and cancel and had forgotten. Instead of just going home, they invited me to make dango with them. I’m sure there is some significance with the colors (white, pink, light green) and putting them on the tree branches to roast them, but I don’t know what it is (oops), so I just sat back, took pictures, ate a couple dango, and enjoyed.

That weekend happened to be a big dondoyaki festival near our old neighborhood, so we went to watch them light all the old New Years decorations and daruma to prepare for the new year. That’s about all I know!

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Making dango

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Decorating the tree with the finished and cooked dango

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The end result

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Eating said dango

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Approaching the dondoyaki place

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Before being lit on fire

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People roasting the sticks with dango on them

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Getting lit and slowly burning down

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Some burned New Years decorations

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Amazake being served

A bit later in the weekend, we had a big storm blow through and actually got some snow! Kenji and I went to eat our usual weekend Indian food in Saitama when it started to snow, and of course by the time we got back and I had put on snow stuff, it was back to raining. I still think I got some good pictures though!

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This is walking around my local Fushimi Inari shrine

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The snow was already melting, unfortunately!

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I didn’t stay out too long since I didn’t want to risk the camera getting water in it

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However I liked this one the best!