I am now addicted to firecrackers. Summer is firecracker and fireworks season in Japan, and you can find all sorts of firecrackers in the convenience stores. Last night we were taking a midnight stroll, as we often do, and we stopped by at Don Qixote and on impulse picked up a few. I’d been wanting to get some for a while, but just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. We came home and started lighting them in front of our door, and I really got into it. As soon as we were done, we went to get some more at the combini down the road. We ended up lighting firecrackers for around an hour, probably entertaining (and mystifying) a few passersby. I definitely want to get some more before we leave for Canada. It’s only too bad that I can’t bring them with me, as they’re illegal in Canada and I doubt I could get them through customs (I even had to take my shoes off at the gate in Seoul before boarding the plane).

I want to light some up now, but must control myself…