It has been a while since I had an update I suppose- I have more of a routine since I’m working at a hostel so I don’t get up to something every day. I’ve been hiking lately (kamikochi mountains) and I got to witness an annual fire festival. The festival was too cool. There were groups of guys carrying large bundles of hay (on fire) up to a bonfire at the top of a hill to communicate with the gods apparently (with the help of sake and beer). I tried to camp on an observatory in town the other night but it was a little strange for all the romantic teenage dates to see a tent up there so I packed it up and headed back to the hostel, haha. One checklist item complete: conveyor belt sushi restaurant! We had many more plates than pictured below.