I do this thing here in Japan I'm calling biking photography. It's a huge pain in the ass, but very fun at the same time. I actually started doing this in L.A. a few years back but sort of stopped when it became infested with homeless who cover the sidewalks in human excrement - and the Mayer thinks he's going to run for president. :) Anyway, biking is great because it combines two things I love doing into one, riding bikes and shooting photography.
It's summer time in Japan, it's hot, it's humid and the cicadas are loud as hell, sandwich all that between one typhoon after the next and you're having yourself a good time. Last night was the local summer festival. Nothing really special about the festival, just imagine (for all you Mericans) a redneck BBQ where there is line dancing, BBQ, cotton candy and kids running around way to high on sugar, yeah, it's just the Japanese version of that.