Wednesday, August 5, 2015


I'm in Akita for the Kanto Matsuri (pole lantern festival).  The major festivities are at night but there was a demonstration of people balancing the long bamboo poles that are filled with lanterns.

On the hip.

On the shoulder.

One hand.

Even the kids do it.

While wandering around I happened across this huge pond full of lotus plants.

There will be more pictures after tonight's festival.