Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Small Shrine Festival

Earlier this month, one of my smaller areas in town had their shrine festival. One of the teachers invited me to come and it was a lot of fun.

The first night we just had a barbecue and hung out.

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The second day, I went out in the afternoon after my classes had finished.

I missed something in the early afternoon, but I arrived in time for floor curling. When I arrived, one of my students was telling me that his team was going to win . . .

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. . . I ended up on his team and we were either last or second to last.

These three were the judges.

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After the afternoon of sports – floor curling and mini volleyball, there was a party in the community center.

I ended up sitting between one of my students’ very sleepy younger sisters and an empty chair. I was thankful when one of the super friendly moms came over and started talking to me.

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My kids played taiko. They are so good at it!

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They carried around the mikoshi (festival float). It was vegetables, quite fitting for this farm community.

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After that, it was time for karaoke. E-sensei had a song and dance for us.

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Lots of other people sang.

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This person sang a song that lots of people knew the dance to.

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And of course, we played bingo. Paper products are Japan’s favorite bingo prize. Look at all that toilet paper.

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It was a fun festival.