Mary uses a hairdryer to smooth out the lanterns
I helped Akemi hang this red and white banner from the staircase handrail. Red and white, she explains, means happiness. (Black and white is for funerals.) The koinobori (carp streamers) represent courage and strength (and are usually found flying all over town in honor of Boy's Day in May).
Tomoko, armed and ready with the power tools
All hands on deck to assemble the bamboo arch that will grace the main entrance to the school
Students gets a sneak peek as they leave for the day