Last Saturday afternoon I met my friend in Shizuoka City. We walked around and talked and by chance happened upon a small shrine with a little festival. The shrine was having a little festival marking the first half of the year ending. I don't understand all of it, but I'll try to explain what I think I know about it. First, you go through the straw hoop and come around to the left. Next, you pass through the hoop again and go around to the right. Finally, you go straight through and touch the papers hanging down. This is supposed to end the bad things that happened in the first six months of the year and let you start out the second six months fresh. Or something like that.
We passed by the old city hall building and I though it was interesting, so I took a few photos.
We checked out the dinner options and decided on the Asian food place. We ordered several different things and shared. It was all delicious.
I don't get to see this friend often enough so I was glad to be able to spend Saturday with her!