Izu Oshima Visit

I had a great over-night stay at the island of Izu Oshima over the weekend.

The island is famous for beautiful camellia flowers.

A poster of Camellia Festival in our hotel.

Childrens' dance team at "Evening Festival".

Yosakoi dancers.

Drummers were fantastic.

Traditional dancers in the famous local outfit.

Everyone danced together at the end.

Yesterday morning - the mayor making a speech at the opening ceremony of the 10K run.

Runners before the starting of the run.

The run was attended by some 1,000 people.  Actually, 14,000 runners registered, but because of the bad weather, 400 could not come.  It was fun, but the course was very hilly - also had a lot of wind and some down pour during the race.

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