This past week has been hectic in the extreme; on Thursday we had a conference in Isesaki for all first year JETs where Kenji and I both were presenting on teaching materials. Then on Friday after my hoikuen class I joined with the other ALTs in Fujioka to help out at Hirai ES with Kenji to simulate a trip to Kamakura for the 6th graders. And after that we had a lot of events during the weekend. It is a three day weekend, but it feels like another whole week has gone by!
Friday night Kenji wasn’t feeling well, but I went to Takasaki with Ken and Sarah and had a good time!
Saturday we woke up a bit late, but decided we wanted to go check out some flowers. One good place for Cosmos flowers is in Isesaki, so we drove out there and also got dinner afterward at the Brazilian restaurant we’ve eaten at before.
Sunday during the day was the Basketball group BBQ, a sumo event in Fujioka, and Maebashi Matsuri in the evening. We couldn’t do everything, so we skipped sumo, but made it to BBQ and the tail-end of Maebashi’s festival.
Kenji has some good group pictures, I’ll have to grab those from him. Then, on to Maebashi Matsuri!
Walking towards the matsuri
Mmmmm, jyagabata- (potato and butter), soooooo good!
We found the mikoshi still going!
But by that time people had mixed up and joined other groups, so the jackets don’t match anymore, which I thought was kinda cool!
All the different colors were neat!
Back down the street
Today, Monday, is a holiday, so our city had a Festa we went to in the morning.