On September 15, 2012 we were up at 5am and on the road to meet up with Kenji-San and Etsuko-San. The three girls got in Shigeko-san's car and the boys piled into Kenji-san's car and the gossip began as we drove through the mountains to Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima-ken (prefecture). Our first stop was at Yanaizu, Okuaizu. We parked overlooking the Tadami River and across from the Enzo-ji Tera or temple. Kenji-San is determined to keep two of us in Japan and told us we have to come to the same site for January 7, which is when the Hadaka "matsuri" or festival takes place.
We went into the Kiyosho Saito art gallery across the parking lot. The artist is famous for his woodblock prints which are unique in their use of the specific wood grains to produce varied effects in his prints.
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