Saturday, November 9, 2013


My first time visiting Kawagoe on a slightly chilly autumn night, I was entranced. The shopping district I walked down was first quiet, then swelled suddenly with a large crowd watching the countdown to a light-up event. Small, traditional Japanese shops and restaurants lined the street on both sides, and I couldn't tell if the passerby were sightseers or merely local residents out for some shopping.


That evening, a festival was taking place in town. The air was filled with delicious smells and a buzz of excitement.


 These are actually plastic bottles filled with water, each stringed up with a light. They must be handmade. What a way to recycle bottles!