My summer vacation is, for all intents and purposes, already over. On Monday I have to report back to work. I want to puke just thinking about it. And I actually LIKE my job. Can you imagine my misery if I happened to hate what I do for a living? Ouch!
But I'm not ready to let summer go just yet. Though compared to previous years, it was a cold, wet and nasty season this year. Where's this global warming, I want to know?
So let's hold on to the best bits of Japanese summer vacation time! Matsuri, hanabi, kakigori, mikoshi, choco bananas and other street food... Yukatas and fans and elaborate hairdos...
I like almost all of them. Except maybe for yukatas and choco bananas. I can't stand bananas. And I'll pass on elaborate hairdos simply because I have very little hair.
But my favorite, I guess, would be hanabi. Fireworks...
Oddly enough, usually I don't get a chance to watch them... There's always something unexpected and unplanned happening on the same day. Either a thunderstorm, or hail, or a sick friend who needs to be taken to the hospital ASAP...
So this year I was very happy that it didn't rain (well, almost), and that I could be in the right place at the right time.
The place was Takasaki. And the right time? Just take a look at these photos.
These here looked like sunflowers, right?
There were also thematic visuals as well. I missed Anpanman and a few others. All I managed to shoot was this cute heart:
And a jellyfish!
And just normal, standard issue fireworks, as well...
I don't know how to take nice fireworks photos. So I was just doing my best trying to point the camera in the right direction.
Which is not as easy as it sounds.
And considering that I was really, really stupid and didn't use a tripod, just a monopod, I think I did a pretty good job.
But hey, I never claimed I was smart.
Sometimes I just get lucky!
Overall, I was very surprised at how friendly, relaxed and laid back the summer festival in Takasaki was. It reminded me a lot of Kanuma Aki Matsuri.
And speaking of Kanuma... that's the next hanabi I am hoping to see later on this year!