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Saturday was the night of our local fireworks display here in Yurihonjo. The Japanese word Hanabi – 花火 – literally ‘flower fire’, sounds so much more descriptive when rendered as ‘fireflower’, that I’ve come to prefer it. It was a short 15 minute bike ride to the river side site of the show. Though it was still light when I arrived, many groups had already staked out their areas. I had a… Read More

Yurihonjo City, Akita Japan – Cherry Blossom Season  – April 20th 2014 Late yesterday afternoon I rode my bike over to our local city park, on the site of the ancient Honjo Castle, where they have the best cherry blossoms to view. READ MORE…