Various Summer Stuff, 2015

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First, we participated in some rice planting in late June with our friend Akira, who, with her husband, grow organic rice here in Fujioka:

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Rice fields near Midori Elementary School

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Rice and duckweed in the prepped field

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Learning how to do it

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Off on our own, we follow the automatic planting machine making sure it didn’t miss any spots

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Kenji starting his rows

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:

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Our usual first stop: Devil Craft pizza!

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Flier for the event

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WANT!

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The pictures don’t really do it any justice… it is really cool!

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Lotus and goldfish

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This represented the world

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Peering in

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:

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This pretty accurately sums the festival up

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Fujioka BOE and City mikoshi group. Spot the ALTs! It’s the first year I’m not in this picture ;_;

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Resting

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It didn’t rain this year!

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A precarious perch

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:

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I dressed them all, but I’m used to doing on myself, so it took a few tries to get it right!

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Letting the lanterns go in the river

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Dancing!

Finally, we went to the Tambara Lavender Park in early August to see some beautiful flowers:

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Beautiful timing!

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Among the fields

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Mmmm lavender ice cream, one of my favorites!

It’s been a fun summer, but now the temperatures have finally started to cool off a little. Fall is coming soon!

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