This Wednesday, on a glorious middle-of-the-week national holiday, we made a little trek to Hashima (a small town nearby) to join in the Wisteria Festival (Fuji matsuri). It was a small temple and a small festival and we were definitely the only foreigners there, but it was a good time regardless.
Each year the temple hosts a festival to celebrate the Wisteria tree that is more than 300 years old. The tree was amazingly large, the flowers were in full bloom and the smell was just glorious.
In addition to sitting and admiring the tree, we were able to listen to a children’s taiko group. They were actually quite good and the were oh-so-cute. After that we went for a small tea ceremony put on by a group of local women. Aaron sat with Ewan during most of it and the little old ladies just couldn’t get enough of him! Ewan, that is.