Festival 祭り

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On Monday night (July 24), Tash and I headed over to Aki-machi to visit our friend Jessica and to check our her local matsuri (festival).

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Local girl (above) wearing a yukata (cotton summer kimono)

The highlight of the festival (below), a fire dance on a boat in the river.  According to a local that chatted us up, the fire ceremony is a revived tradition dating back to olden times that pays tribute to the spirits of the river.

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Jessica will be going to the University of Arizona in Tucson (about 2.5 hours south of Scottsdale where my family lives) to finish her masters program this August, so I hope to be able to see her again soon.

Japanese Festival Food

Grilled corn-on-the-cob

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Ikayaki (grilled squid)

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Takoyaki (Octopus balls)

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Yakisoba (stir-fried noodles)

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