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A few days after getting back to Japan, we had our annual Shinmachi Hanabi, and invited any interested friends over to watch them from our roof. This year, fellow ALT Amy’s young cousin was visiting her from the UK, so I invited them over early to get her dressed in yukata. After that we went down to the festival area to watch the lanterns in the water and the dancing before heading back to watch the fireworks and to do a few sparklers of our own!

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Walking to the river, along with Dragon and the boys

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At the river

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Picture time with the girls and boys

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Dragon and Waku

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Lanterns in the water

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Festival food stalls

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Back at the house watching the fireworks

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Most of my pictures were bad, but this one of Kenji’s was good!

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Doing sparklers after the main show

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The next day since I had off, I invited Amy and Paris along again to show them a bit of Fujioka. We decided to go climb 2000 Kaidan then go to Tsuchi-to-hi-no-Sato park to try some arts and crafts. The park was closed, so we just climbed 2000 steps and went to lunch after.

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Amy and Sarah checking out the map at the bottom

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It isn’t really that strenuous of a climb, but Amy and I are definitely out of shape, so…

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Reaching the top

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Little shrine at the top

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Signing our names in the book