One of our fellow foreigners was out walking around his area and made the mistake of speaking to a local. Minutes later he was kidnapped and made to join a cult take part in an annual community dance celebrating the time a passing visitor dug the area out of some deep bad-harvest problems by gifting them some pumpkins. Every year since, the locals have performed a ceremony commemorating this.

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Sunset round the back of the supermarket, Niigata. The top tourist attraction.

How are you? Good to hear. I’ve found myself living in Japan. I’ve no idea what I’m doing. I have nothing to do for a year so you’re going to read about it.