2020 is the start of a new decade, the first full year of the new era, Reiwa, and the first year in a new zodiac cycle, which begins with the year of the mouse!! 2020 will also bring the Olympic games to Japan in the summer. 2020 is sure to be an exciting and auspicious year!
When I visited my hometown in the Summer, I went to my 20(!) year high school reunion😱. It was at a historic hotel, and included a buffet dinner, presentations, prizes, nostalgic music, and even a dance floor!
Can you spot me in the group of senior girls (above) from the slideshow?
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!