Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.
The parade coming…
People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)
And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010
Amd here’s what people were carrying:
And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:
All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:
Takko, the garlic capital of Japan, sounds like my kind of town:
People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:
See you next year!
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