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The sakura were in full bloom in central Ishikawa at the end of last week. I managed to squeeze in some night-time hanami (flower viewing) at Rojô Park (芦城公園) in Komatsu before the storm hit us last weekend.

Rojo Park Hanami 2013 @The Lobster Dance
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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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