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Yukata Festival!

If you read the last post, then you might be sad by now. Sorry about that, but you can’t talk about Hiroshima without talking about the bomb…

But I’m sure if you live in Hiroshima now, you don’t want to talk about the bomb anymore. It happened 70 years ago and while you most likely know many people affected by it, YOU don’t need to be affected by it everyday. And you probably don’t look down on Americans. In fact, you probably welcome them with open arms (or more likely a bow) and invite them in to see the fun parts of your city.

After a morning spent walking around Peace Park, Kelly and I joined Satchi for a walk around the annual Yukata Festival. Kelly even getting into full yukata for the event.

Getting Dressed

Getting Dressed

Good thing they carry size GIANT

Good thing they carry size GIANT

Giving the Universal CUTE + ALL GOOD sign

Giving the Universal CUTE + ALL GOOD sign

OK Everybody - Kawaii!

OK Everybody - Kawaii!

Yukata celebrates the first day of spring, when you switch from wearing kimono (awfully hot in the summer with all that silk and all) to the lighter and casual yukata. The street vendors come out to sell street food and toys and the local temple has an event to bring on good luck.

At the Temple

At the Temple

A barricade has been set up for your protection...

A barricade has been set up for your protection...

The monks come down and light the whole thing on fire…

And that ended our day in Hiroshima. That night we would travel to our dorm in Miyajima, just about 15 km away….

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