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Miyagase Valentines Festival

It’s coming up to Valentines Day, so what better reason for a lakeside country town to hold a cheesy romantic festival?

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That’s right, at Miyagase, in Kanagawa Prefecture, it was the Valentine Week festival.  This was an event stumbled upon after a hike to nearby Tanzawa-san – we’d descended the mountain, it was getting dark, and were searching for the bus stop to get back to the Tokyo, when we stumbled upon a surreal lake-side event.

From a distance, there were red fairy lights and music.  As we got closer, the fairy lights turned into the shape of hearts.  As we arrived, we found families walking around a fair ground watching a clown act, food stalls selling carnival food, and twinkling lights trying to create an inner romantic glow.  Out on a lakeside field was a the lantern-outlined shape of a 100 metre big heart.

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There was only 20 minutes or so hanging around here before the bus was scheduled to leave.  I think that was enough for me.  What a surreal experience!

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Here’s the location of the festival.  The Google aerial photo must have been taken during the festival in a previous year – because you can make out the shape of the heart on the field!

Miyagase Valentine Festival

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