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While it was a bit frustrating seeing all the families with their backpacks heading off for their vacations last week, i am glad that i worked that week, and that my daycare is open during Obon. I much prefer to take my summer holidays at a time of my own choosing, not when prices are through the roof and transit terminals are packed to the rafters!

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Hey, afanof (Russian, eh? Sloveka Afanov, eh?), I agree. We avoid new year and obon travel.

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I was in Japan last week, lots of families out and about during the holiday

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We unfortunately tend to visit the in-laws during new year; at least the shinkansen doesnt price-gauge. But Obon and Golden Week is either working, or staying put.

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