Well, it has really been an incredibly active summer for festivals, and although this one in Uji on Aug 9 was not the last one we managed to attend, this post will probably be the last word on the subject for this year.
English Conversation Students at the Smith’s School of English in Kotoen スミス英会話 甲東園 were more interested than ever before as well, partly because I made such a big celebration out of it ….. as usual. The fact is, this summer has had many continuous hot days. Whether the conditons were favorable for fireworks or not, rain or shine or just plain balmy, the festivals raged on like a torrent. Not only were there more festivals this summer than ever before, many that were previously canceled were honorably revived and took part again with fervor.
The show at Uji is never a disappointment. They display some of the most innovative and artistic pyrotechnics anywhere, and we have seen many! This year was no exception. Nearing the end, we took our own well-intended advice and left 15 minutes early unfortunately. The finale would have been spectacular, but not nearly as much as the crowd heading for Kintetsu Uji station right afterwards. Leaving 15 minutes early is an unfortunate necessity that makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable.
Remember that rule for future festivals and beat the crowds with safety. Get to your favorite cafe or restaurant or just get home before anyone else! Watch the crowd follow in despair!
Martin Werner Zander
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