I suppose one obvious sign that I live in the inaka (countryside) is that my town has a festival called Ton Ton Matsuri, which basically means Piggy Piggy Festival, or maybe Porky Party. It was a celebration of pigs and pork in honor of Gunma pork, a famous local product around here. One of the highlights of the day was the baby pig race. I don’t think there’s anything cuter than piglets in tank tops running down a corral. Actually, they didn’t quite race, they kind of meandered from one end to the other, with one or two of the contestants getting lost along the way. The little guy in the shirt above turned out to be the winner, while the one below never made it to the finish line. But they’re both cute as the dickens, aren’t they?