Category Archives: Mito

Lake Senba Fireworks with Friends

I love coming back to Mito! I lived here for two years and have a lot of great memories from that time. Early August is festival season in these parts so I made the short train ride from Tokyo (about an hour and a half) and let the good times roll! The fireworks at Lake Senba are always a highlight so some friends and I went down there to enjoy the show. We came across the perfect photo opportunity soon after arrival but there was no time to really think about settings so I’m glad I managed to get them standing still with a nice display of fireworks in the background….and how good do they look!! 🙂


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Snow Days in Mito

There’s been a lot of snow here in Mito over the last few days which is kinda cool, and kinda cold (if that makes sense). Time to get out there and start a snowfight with some random obaasan…


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Mito Komon Matsuri – Festival Time!

Every year around the start of August Mito holds the mother of all festivals called the Mito Komon Matsuri, I won’t get into detail on exactly who Mito Komon was but lets just say he was a BIG DEAL. They shut down the main street and pretty much the whole city takes part in the festivities, singing songs, waving flags, banging drums, eating takoyaki, dancing and just having a good time. At one point all the main float things converged on an intersection and some wild looking half human half animal performed tricks on a ladder, now that’s how you festival!


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Mito Sunset

I toughed out the earlier storms and was treated to this gorgeous sunset as my reward.


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Mito Lightning

Holy guacamole! (yes I had to check the spelling) So I move to Japan to teach a little English and what do I get in the first week? Crazy town lightning storms in my new home city of Mito (and earthquakes, and possibly Godzilla attacks, I forget…). The gods were angry my friends, the gods were angry.


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