Probably the best time in a Japanese school year - School Festival!
I took a lot of pictures at school festival, but obviously, most of them had students' faces in them, and I am not going to randomly post a load of those photos online - it's just not nice!
In my school, the festival takes place over three days. The first day is the school only culture performance day, where any student with musical talent (but also comedic or martial arts talent) displays it before the school. On the second day every club and team do something - selling food, performances, games - it is like a true festival. The students run the school, decorate it any way they wish, and plan everything. Students from other schools, parents, old staff members, local people alumni, all come to enjoy the day. The third day is the sports festival, featuring normal events like above, but also some crazily dangerous bamboo toppling, war mimicking type games. It is a lot of fun. The picture was from the start of the day, at the beginning of the 400m relay. Six class teams compete for the prize of school champions!
I also have some pictures from last year's festival on here if you are interested: