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Tomato-love grows into quirky Nashville arts fest

Nashville, Tenn., gallery owner Meg MacFadyen thinks summertime and tomatoes are such perfect soul mates she created an entire festival in their tribute. The former Charlotte resident and South Meck high school alum is the founder and head tomato behind the wildly popular annual Tomato Art Fest.

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Share your vacation memories with us for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Enter our “How I Shot My Summer Vacation” contest by Sept. 14. Entries will appear on charlotteobserver.com/travel and we’ll announce winners and runners-up online and in print on Sept. 20.

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Gallery: The Samurai Of Fukushima

Every summer the people of Fukushima prefecture have gathered to honor the ancient traditions of the Samurai at the Soma Nomaoi festival. The festival started as a military exercise more than 1000 years ago by Taira no Kojiro Masakado the founder of the Soma Clan. The three-day Shinto festival sees more than 500 horsemen recreate ancient battle scenes from the Edo Period (1603-1869).

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