On Monday night (July 24), Tash and I headed over to Aki-machi to visit our friend Jessica and to check our her local matsuri (festival).
The highlight of the festival (below), a fire dance on a boat in the river. According to a local that chatted us up, the fire ceremony is a revived tradition dating back to olden times that pays tribute to the spirits of the river.
Japanese Festival Food
Ikayaki (grilled squid)
Takoyaki (Octopus balls)
Yakisoba (stir-fried noodles)