Photo of the Day: Fireworks

DSC_0124Japan loves fireworks. Like, loooves them. Big city, small city—every city with even an ounce of self-respect has a hanabi taikai.

Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But not by much.

Kamakura—swimming in self-respect as it is–hosts a very popular fireworks show every July. We can see it from our yard, though the view is better from the beach (if you don’t mind crowds).

Last year, we hadn’t opened our inn yet, so we invited friends down. Our neighbours (who have a very good view from their yard) very graciously invited us to enjoy the show with them. Though Kaede was spooked by the loud noise and asked to go inside not long after it started (to give you an idea of how loud it was, the inn is so close to the staging area—which is on the water— that the house shook with every big kaboom), everyone who was able to watch from start to finish was thoroughly impressed.

Rumour has it this year’s show is set for July 23rd.

I was invited by Terri over at Perspectives On…Life, Work and Leisure to participate in the Five Days Challenge, which asks us to post five photos, one per day for five days, and to write a story to go with each photo. For each day that we post we are supposed to invite one person to participate.

I have a pretty small following, and haven’t had a chance to chat with them much yet. As such, I don’t really have anyone to nominate—if this were on Facebook, though…

Anywho, if anyone who reads this would like to participate, let me know! The idea is to post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be a short paragraph, a page, or a poem. Each day, please select one person to carry on the challenge. The challenge is not mandatory and can be refused. I hope you accept and have fun!

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