After a pretty relaxed week, we headed to the neighboring town of Kizugawa for the Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Festival.) It's the first festival I've been able to go to since I've been here, so I was really excited when we were asked to help our local bakers to sell cakes from a stall. The cakes were seriously delicious, it was so hard not to eat them all, haha.
Everyone was so nice, and a lot of customers wanted to take photos with us, and learn some English words. I felt like a celebrity, some people (mostly little girls) would scream, giggle, and blush when we said hello to them. There are hardly any non-Japanese people in this area, so it was really exciting for them to talk to people from all over the world. A lot of parents would send over their small children to talk to us so they could practice speaking English. It was also really good for me to get to practice my Japanese, which is coming on slowly but surely, haha.
The fireworks were amazing, it was one of the best displays I've ever seen. They had fireworks blow up in the shape of a cat's face! It was crazy. The festival was so busy and buzzing with people. There were stalls selling every type of food imaginable, some of which I could neither recognize nor pronounce, but it all looked so delicious.
It was a really long day, and by the end of it I was exhausted, but it was really fun, and I'm so glad I got to meet so many people. Plus, we got free cakes to take home, so all in all it was a pretty great way to spend a weekend.
What's the best festival you've ever been to?
Sending my love from Japan.
Hope you all have an amazing week.