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This year’s festival was a rainy one… some years it is perfect weather, others we get rained out. On the first day (which I don’t have any pictures of, I’ll have to get them from Kenji), it rained and threatened, but by the time we actually got started with the portable shrines (mikoshi), it cleared up and it was a fun night.

Day two, however, started out sunny, so we went (me dressed in yukata), but then the heavens opened and it just POURED. Oh well, next year!

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One of my favorite snacks, yakimanju

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Look at those skies!

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Dashi coming down the road

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This is my new neighborhood’s dashi… our friend Misuzu was also on it!

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Whoa, even darker now!

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Some masks on the back of the float

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Bring out the umbrellas!

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These were also cool, sand brought in from Fujioka’s Japanese sister city! The second picture is the new world heritage site here in Fujioka, Takayama-sha