|Rice on a stick, wrapped in meat and covered in sauce.|
My friend does not have a yukata, despite being Japanese, so he borrowed one of mine. I also wore a yuakata, of course (another Japanese friend tells me that "you have to wear a yukata when you go to festivals"), and my friend's girlfriend also came along, wearing one of her yukatas.
|A block of frozen fruits and ice, being sliced.|
|Sliced ice and fruits, a very nice dessert.|
At the festival, I passed a foreigner and it sounded like he spoke Swedish to the Japanese woman he was there with. I asked him in Swedish why he was in Japan, and it turned out he has a Japanese girlfriend and they were in Japan to visit her family. She also spoke Swedish to me, and her Swedish was very good. Meeting Swedish people in Hokkaido is not very common.
|People waiting for the fireworks to start|
|Watching fireworks while hiding under an umbrella|
We had a quick stop at Don Quixote (a chain of stores all over Japan that are open very late and sell weird things cheaply) and bought some clothes for my friend's girlfriend. She changed into the dry clothes in the store while the rest of us rode the train back to Sapporo still completely drenched.
|The festival area at night|
|Waiting around in Don Quixote|
|Surprised donkey food|