Back from a festival:

今日は祖父祖母の家の掃除から始まりました。
もちろん朝ごはんのあと。
あと、洗濯物も。
三日間ウロウロして汗だくになっていくとさすがに洗濯したくなってきました。
そうして昼頃から鞆の浦へと向かいました。

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A seaside town where Sakamoto Ryoma took refuge after having his ship, the Iroha-maru, sunk from being t-boned by another ship.
It is also where the setting of the Studio Ghibli movie “Ponyo on the cliff” is based.
It’s a very old style seaside town so most of the roads are made for walking, not driving.
It makes it a nice place to walk if you take out the cars attempting to drive on streets one car wide…

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帰ったらスイカが待っていました。
塩の要らない甘いスイカ。
黒い種を爪楊枝で取りつつシャクシャク美味しくいただきました。

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Last thing tonight was a local festival that starts today and ends on the 15th with fireworks.
I would have liked to see the fireworks but we will be in Shikoku by then…

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From late afternoon…

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All the way into the night, people danced in a parade down the streets.
The dance was simple: right, right, left, left, right, right back, right, left, left… repeat.
It was interesting how the simple dance could be portrayed so many different ways.
The one who are really into it, the ones who are doing it half heatedly, ones who are obviously having fun and those that are obviously bored.
Sharp dances, flowing dances, rigid dances, and fluid ones.
When talking to one of my fellow travelers it seemed that there exists an eye for movement and detail like there exists an ear for sound.
Having said that, I think it would be a waste of time to take me to an art museum.