The little supermarket in my neighborhood had an actual pumpkin for sale. One. A single lonely pumpkin that I doubted anyone would buy at the fairly steep price of ¥1,800. I thought they would mark it down but when I checked on the 31st it was still there, still full price. Today I asked Sam to walk down there with me and good thing I did because when I couldn’t see the pumpkin, he asked the vegetable man who then went into the back and found it. I’m too shy to ask, even though Sam scolds me that “Asking is knowing.” ¥200! A great bargain. Bought a Halloween pumpkin soup half-price, the bargain bin was full of them.
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August 4, 2015
From the farmers market in Sam’s hometown:
A store selling local wood products, I bought a hair brush:
The tiny old fans at my MIL’s house:
It is hot.
Sam looks ridiculous when he wears this, but it protects him from the sun:
The Kiso River, there were lots of guys fishing:
Stuffed bears are not an unusual sight in Gifu:
August 3, 2015
Out of the blue, literally, a flash and a terrific crash of lightning. The storm moved in and soon I was running around closing all the windows against cold horizontal rain, jumping at each peal of thunder, then whimpering. Ten minutes earlier I’d taken the watering can inside to fill it up. Looking at the poor plants wilting under the terribly hot sun was making me feel guilty. Thank you, storm, for watering the plants for me. The cicadas started up when the clouds passed and the sun came out again. I put the watering can back outside.
July 28, 2015
Watching a sumo practice of the kasugana-beya in Kasugai City, Aichi prefecture.
Meal with the boys:
Wrestlers having their hair done after practice:
Party after the last match: