obon in fukushima

This was the first obon since jiji passed, and we all headed to Japan. I only had about 5 days this time, but all three ladies are staying another week. It was great being able to mostly relax without any where we needed to run to. We visited some friends and went to the Koriyama matsuri, also welcomed in one of Qumi’s friends with a new baby girl! Had some kaiten sushi, blew up a ton of fireworks, and generally had a great time. I will miss them while I head back to Singapore in an hour, but the business class upgrade certainly helped 🙂

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On the shinkansen to Fukushima, green car!
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False advertising, its a juice vending machine
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Katie is so excited to get ready for the matsuri
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Kristie initially fought getting dressed, but baba was able to convince her
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Free stuff!
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All 3 girls dressed for the summer festival in Koriyama
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Katie looks like an angel in this picture

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Kristie was ready for ice cream and had enough of the parade by this point
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Biggest taiko drum ever
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Gotta love Japan, fireworks sold everywhere
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Our haul for the girls first hanabi
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It’s nice to get a break and watch some baseball while the girls play with puzzles
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Special request for dinner one night from Kristie
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She absolutely loves them
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Somehow Katie wound up with all the shells though