Here’s a better photo of the Japanese shrine I helped carry around town.
The house it’s sitting in in our community center which is just a regular looking Japanese house that belongs to the town and is only used for town stuff.
After we carried the Shrine around we ate sushi and drank beer. One beer is fine for me but the Japanese guys around me drank for hours! They love to drink Japanese beer.
Of course I was the only foreigner there and even though I’ve been in Japan now for almost ten years, I’m still popular and made to feel special every time I go
to such gatherings. I’m reminded of this guy once telling me “it’s better to be a big fish in a small pound than a small fish in a big pound.”