Volunteer braille translator, 64
I’m going to visit the area around Mount Fuji with my husband and daughter, to cool off. We’ll take the train there, and then rent a car and drive around the five lakes. My husband booked the hotel rooms, so where we’ll be staying is a surprise!
Kindergarten teacher, 31 (English)
Work is hard, so it’ll be nice to just not do it for a few days! I’ll enjoy the holidays by hanging out with friends and going out without worrying about working the next day. I’ll sleep a lot, catch up on stuff and try various lunch specials that I can’t when I’m working.
Rice/organic foods merchant, 67
I have no plans. My shop will be open, as it is every year. But if I could, I’d go to Nara to the Tokae festival, where candles are spread out around the temple grounds at night in honor of the dead. Of course, I will visit and clean my family’s grave plot.
Day-care staff, 58 (Japanese)
I’m going to Kobe with my husband to see a ventriloquist show by Ikkokudo. My husband only likes that famous comedian, so this is our special outing for Obon this year. My son-in-law has to work, so only my daughter and granddaughter will visit from Nara.
PR, 33 (American)
I’ve joined a trip with an international party group called WhyNotJAPAN, which is going to Tokushima for the Awa Odori festival. I’m looking forward to participating in the parade, but a bit shy about wearing those short white shorts with tabi socks!
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