Getting to anywhere from Karuizawa is a bit of a trip. It took us about 45 minutes to reach Saku by car. I was so excited to attend a festival, and I was not let down. There were food stands going on for ages. From crepes, to kababs, to burgers, they had everything. I ate everything in my line of sight and had an amazing time with my friends. It was very windy outside, making it difficult to move. The wind ended up making it too difficult to host the hot air balloon festival. So instead of a hot air balloon festival, it became a fire show instead. Fire spurted into the sky, moving to various japanese songs. I was excited to simply have the opportunity to be at such a festival. I feel myself learning more Japanese. I am not close to speaking at all, but I feel my understanding improving rather quickly.