Today I went downtown to meet a friend and there was a big festival/ parade going on! There was even a war reenactment right in front of the department store.

All these photos were taken with my cell phone, by the way!

The men were carrying this large shrine-shaped thing and yelling as they walked.

This is Ieyasu Togugawa, who according to Wilkipedia was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled from the Battle of Sekigahara  in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Of note to Christians, it was Ieyasu’s grandson who did the ruthless hunt of Catholics, killed them if they were Japanese, and put foreigners onto ships to never come back again to Japan; after that he closed Japan off.

Today was a really nice day. I had lunch with a friend and then we went exploring used clothes shops. The “vintage American” clothes were ridiculously expensive. I took a funny picture:


Last night Mary and I went out to dinner and saw this ridiculous horse head mask…we both tried it on and got a good laugh.

I went to a small goodbye party for Mary Bell…boy is she going to be missed.

A wonderful spread of Japanese food!