Last Monday Dondo-Yaki fire festivals were held at many shrines in Hino and the one at Watamuki Shrine was the biggest.
People gathered New Year’s ornaments and burned them in a big bonfire.
I bumped into a lot of people I know as usual, and it is one of the benefits of living in Satoyama. You always feel a sense of community. Especially this year since my son started going to elementary school, he has a network of friends from his school and it naturally expands my local network.
That is another thing I appreciate about my circumstance: We have a great local network in Hino; a network of the new comers, a good relation with the town hall, and a developing network with the locals.
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