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Ten Years In This Town

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The author lived in the town of Koenji in Tokyo ten years ago when she was in early fifties. The author searched around for a house where she could live with her husband's 88-year-old mother who was then living alone in Kanazawa in central Japan. They saw the present house on the recommendation of a young real estate agent and they both agreed at once. Koenji, a town crowded with hundreds of shops, had many shops which had not changed in the last ten years. The grocery shop at the corner of the traffic lights was one of them. The Awa Dance Festival, held on the last weekend in August, was a two-day event that drew more than a million visitors. Her thoughts flirted back to the day they watched the dance with her mother-in-law in a wheelchair.

Keywords: Awa Dance Festival; central Japan; Kanazawa; Koenji; Tokyo

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