The days are getting shorter, which sadly means summer is coming to an end. This week, I have had some time to reflect on my busy summer. In addition to spending 18 days back in Chicago with my family, I danced in a traditional Japanese festival, helped new ALTs get acquainted with their job at the Toyama Welcome Orientation and attended several other traditional Japanese festivals. I love that the Japanese savor every moment of summer. There are always festivals, fireworks and other events going on, even when there isn’t a public holiday. Below are some memorable moments from my summer.