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On 3 May 2010, I fought in a re-enactment of the Battle of Kawanakajima in Yamagata-ken. I really wanted to start this post by saying I rode into battle, or even that I strode into battle, but, in truth, I stumbled out of a river hacking and coughing into battle.

A fine day for a battle reenactment!

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Last week, I took some vacation time and headed out to Shiramine 白峰 in Ishikawa for the Snow Sculpture Festival 雪だるま祭り.

Shiramine is one of the villages that was incorporated into the city of Hakusan-shi 白山市, and every February, they hold a small, local snow festival on a Friday night.

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August is summer festival season in Japan, and no one does festivals quite like my region. In my part of the peninsula, a festival is not done properly unless large quantities of fire and water are involved. Our prefectural welcome party was Thursday, and after enjoying delicious okonomiyaki, we headed to the Sea-Walking Festival in the northern part of the area. In this festival, participants shoulder giant lanterns called kiriko and carry them through the town and into the sea.

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