First, we participated in some rice planting in late June with our friend Akira, who, with her husband, grow organic rice here in Fujioka:
Rice fields near Midori Elementary School
Next, in July, we went to an art exhibit in Tokyo which features live goldfish in interesting tanks and lights. It’s called the Edo Art Aquarium in Nihonbashi. The artist has several events in many different cities every year:
Our usual first stop: Devil Craft pizza!
We saw two summer festivals this year, in July and August. The first was the Fujioka Matsuri, where we saw both mikoshi and dashi over two days:
This pretty accurately sums the festival up
And the second was the Shinmachi Fireworks and Festival. We took Fujioka’s 2 new ALTs with us and introduced them to Kyoko-sensei and the family, and had a lot of fun at the festival:
I dressed them all, but I’m used to doing on myself, so it took a few tries to get it right!
Finally, we went to the Tambara Lavender Park in early August to see some beautiful flowers:
It’s been a fun summer, but now the temperatures have finally started to cool off a little. Fall is coming soon!