Whew! It’s really gotten hot and humid in Matsue. Last week was the “Tenjin Matsuri” (every year throughout Japan on the 24th and 25th of July). We went on the evening of the 25th, so we didn’t see the “mikoshi, which happened on the 24th. We did however see traditional dancing within the Shinto shrine!


The Summer festivals in Japan are a great distraction from the hot weather😁. Being at the Tenjin Matsuri reminded me of the 4th of July celebrations I got to partake in when I visited my hometown: Ashland, Oregon! It was my first 4th of July experience in a very long time, and it was just as fun as I remembered from when I was a child💜. Below are some pictures from the 4th of July parade, which people from allover come to see!