Cousins of mine were in Tokyo on a business trip and fortunately were able to visit Kyoto and experience the summer festivities. My students generally don`t have much contact with other foreigners so were pleased to have the opportunity to practice their English with new people. I`m always happy to introduce my family and friends. We had some classroom time together for some introductions and then hit the festival. My cousins loved it and really appreciated the efforts my students made to make them feel at home here in Japan and show them what Kyoto has to offer. The other photo is of a recent bike tour along the scenic coast of Mie. If you havn`t been to this area, I highly recommend taking the time to do so. I`ve taken the train before but taking this new Kawasaki put a much bigger grin of my face!