Yesterday was our local shrine, Habeshina Jinja's annual fall festival.
As soon as I got done with flipping futons and checking out the guests, I changed out of my samue work garb and put on my festival clothes. Then I ran and joined the Okagura lion dance troupe just in time for the opening dance. From there we went in a procession to the shrine for another dance, and then went around the neighborhood and the onsen town stopping at the houses of various elders as well as several of the ryokans for yet more dances. Then at night, we made it back up to the shrine for one last dance, a grand finale highlighted by firecrackers.
It was a long day, but a day I look forward to every fall.
(The above picture is from my fellow-innkeeper Kodaira-san. His blog is here. The pictures below are by me.)