Saturday, November 20, 2004

Ashikaga Wine Festival

Well, we had a beautiful Saturday afternoon for the Harvest Festival. This is a yearly event held in Ashikaga, a small city that borders Ota, our city. The head office of our language company is also in Ashikaga, as well as Mark's apartment! Busloads of people arrive throughout the day. The entrance fee is 1500 yen per person which gives you a bottle of wine, corkscrew, and complementary wine glass. Then, you plunk yourself down in the vineyard, which happens to be on the side of a mountain, listen to live music, and eat and drink to your heart's content. To be honest, it's a bit of a dangerous combination... loads and loads of people drinking alcohol on the mountainside. Needless to say, we saw many hilarious wipeouts. Unfortunately, we also got to witness the results of people drinking far too much wine... enough said. Enjoy the pics!

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