Part 3 -- Hamamatsu and home

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The Bullet Train -- or A bullet train, at least.  Later clocked by us at 160 miles per hour, using the GPS in Al's iPad.
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The Bullet Train -- or A bullet trai…
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No smoking gaint spliffs, or something.
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Hamamatsu Kite Festival celebrates the arrival of new chuldren in the city's neighborhoods.  Here, a street party in full swing in fron of one lucky house.
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Hamamatsu Kite Festival celebrates t…
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Sittingon the street in Japan, eatin sasimi and crinkign saki, beer and who-knows-what-else.  Mike, Al and Fukuoka-san seem to be fitting in well.
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Sittingon the street in Japan, eatin…
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Anyone for a salad-bowl of sake?
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Anyone for a salad-bowl of sake?
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Scott makes new friends.
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Scott makes new friends.
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David has fans all over the world, I guess...
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David has fans all over the world, I…
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Yes, even I know how to party.
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Yes, even I know how to party.
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If you don't want to party, then you should go home....
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This.. I don't even...  WHUT?  The kid's face says it all, really...
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This.. I don't even... WHUT? The k…
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At one end of the party, the band of bugles, drums and whistles plays the same 8 bars repeatedly forever.
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At one end of the party, the band of…
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Yes, tha is me, enjoying a salad-bowl full of sake.  Yes, I also don't believe it.
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Newspaper photo that is probably less interesting if you can read the caption.  I like to think it promises retribution to naughty boys who partied too late last night and drank too many bowls of sake.
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Newspaper photo that is probably les…
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In Hamamatsu, they show off their devotion to kites everywhere.  Gotta love it.
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In Hamamatsu, they show off their de…
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Scott and Mike at the Hamamasu Kite Museum.
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Scott and Mike at the Hamamasu Kite …
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Inside the Museum, just off he flyin field.
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Inside the Museum, just off he flyin…
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Big kites of Hamamatsu.  As I undersand it, each symbol or graphic is unique to one of he city neighborhoods, teams from the neighborhoods fly the kites, sponsored by families with new children.
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Big kites of Hamamatsu. As I unders…
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Small version of the big kites, and normal-sized version of me.
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Small version of the big kites, and …
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Approaching the field.  Many teams have camped out in the woods, with their kites.
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Approaching the field. Many teams h…
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My first view of he field in Hamamatsu.  Chaos occurs...
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My first view of he field in Hamamat…
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Launching the Hatsu Dako, in honor of first born children.
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Launching the Hatsu Dako, in honor o…
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