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Bon Dancing Travel 2000
August 15th "Gujo Dancing" #1
The scenery in the morning of Shirotori Town
August 15th, Tuesday
This is the second day of Bon Dancing Tour

When we went to the buffet for breakfast, it seemed that they were holding a family meeting. The people whom we thought employees were family member, actually. We thought that family-run business is very tough in the busy season of Obon.

However, the kind master took us to a drive around Shirotori Town.

The master looked down from the Okuminoh Ouhashi (Okuminoh Bridge). Quote: "The volume of water of Nagara River is small this year." He told us that sweetfish-fishing of the period is also poor catch.
Handmade souvenirs such as dyed cotton products and wood works of the local dealers hit the product center. Here, we bought a must of summer holidays, the "straw hat". We also got maps and brochures of Shirotori Dancing. After this, the master drove us to Shirotori Library.
Thank you very much, master!

Miso shop built in Japanese architecture

Summer skies spread over the vicinity of Shirotori Station
In the nice and cool library, we quarried documents related to Bon Dancing along with the children who are engaging in their homework for summer holidays. The librarian allowed us to take a photocopy of massive documents outside when we explained our condition. (Thank you very much dear librarian!)
The image of our homepage expands as we obtain new information related to Shirotori Dancing.

Along the way to photocopying, we strolled around the town of Shirotori. The town was very quiet in the daytime, and the bustle of the dance last night was unbelievable. As we walked sweating, we saw a lot of old buildings such as miso shops.

Before noon, we headed for Gujo Hachiman again on Nagaragawa Railroad.
Today is also a good weather!

We came back again, Gujo Hachiman
We returned to Gujo Hachiman and obtained "dancing schedule" of this year at the station.

We strolled around the fondly-remembered streets from the station plaza. We walked through Shin-sakae-machi and Ima-machi and headed for the plaza in front of the town hall. Flowering plants of the season are decorated in the houses along the streets. There are houses that hang paper lanterns in the edge of the eaves.

We drank Gujo milk while sitting on the bamboo bench of the milkman's shop near Sakae-machi. We felt that we have come back to the fondly-remembered summer of Gujo.

We came back again, Gujo Hachiman!

The summer feature: Diving at Yoshida River
And now, soon it will be noon.

We ducked under a shop curtain of a restaurant called "Shinkyou-tei" located in the riverside of Yoshida River which we had an eye on for some time. In this case, a set menu of fresh sweetfish would be the right choice. Of course, a bottle of beer is a must.

We drank a glass of beer with sweetfish as a tidbit.
Both Ishimitsu and Yanagita are in a summer vacation mode any time now!
Shinkyou-tei is located in a perfect place facing the clear stream of Yoshida River, just as its name tells.
From the window of the restaurant, we could perfectly enjoy watching the children dive into the river (this became quite famous as the seasonal tradition of Gujo) with a glass of beer in our hands.
The water was blue, and the riverside was bright green with the color of the plants. The children swimming seemed that they felt really good.
In the downstream, we could see people with family enjoy playing in the river.

This is really a summer vacation in Japan!

I'm going to dive! (the picture taken from Shinkyou-tei)

It looks really good under the bridgec

Yoshida River in midsummer
Procure yukata for dancing
We took a walk around the fondly-remembered streets of Gujo Hachiman, such as Igawa Komichi and Yanaka Mizuno Komichi).
We dropped in to "Ishiyama Gofukuten (Ishiyama Kimono Shop) in Kami Hinode-machi in the end.
We immediately went upstairs led by the proprietress. Here, they lend us the yukata for dancing.

Those who are not comfortable with kimono, don't worry. The proprietress selects them skillfully, so you can borrow them without anxiety. We make it a rule to drop in here whenever we come to Gujo since the first time we borrowed an all-out yukata for dancing. (For your information, yukata is not only for girls. Even if you are a man, you would feel splendid if you dance in a decent yukata when you dance Gujo Dancing. Why don't you try it!).
When it was time that the sun goes down, we took a cab in Hashimoto-cho and headed for "Gujo Hachiman Onsen Hotel Housen"
According to the schedule, we always stay in this hotel when we come to Gujo. We just make it a rule.
We took a bath in the nice open-air bath along the Nagara River, and rested for a while in the hotel room to prepare for the dance.
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