Hello! I’m back, at least physically if not-quite mentally. We spent the weekend with friends in Aichi prefecture, and it was fantastic. Here’s a look at our weekend and some of the reasons I love summer in Japan.
We started the weekend with a proper lunch, prepared in Nagoya’s hitsumabushi 櫃まぶし style.
The evening found us in yukata 浴衣 at the Nagoya Castle summer night festival.
Mmm, cream puff.
Sunday meant a trip to Gifu for a river swim.
Then a post-swim hike.
Back in Kisogawa, as we waited for the hanabi 花火, the sunset almost outdid the fireworks show.
After some of the best fireworks I`ve seen (according to our friend, the display was 1/6th as big as others), it was off to an onsen. It rained a bit as we sat in an outdoor pool, cooling our faces. That night, curled up on the tatami mat, I never slept so well.
I know there must be a connection that can be made between the fragile situation in Japan and these precarious, lantern-covered wooden floats that lumber through the streets, pushed and pulled by a community, urged on by the chants and music from those too small to help.
But what do I know? We ooh, and ahh, and are happy to be at our first matsuri in a new Japan.