Also I should add that my wasp nest, which had finished at least a week before the festival, was by far the lightest...apparently this was due to the poisonous snake that I lovingly killed and fed to them just a month before :)
(Next time i try feeding a poisonous snake to my wasps, I'll be sure to clean out the insides properly. And there's yet another sentence I never imagined I'd be writing)
On November 3rd, about 1000 people gathered in Kushihara to celebrate the wasp harvest...
The whole festival was brilliant, but my favourite part was definitely helping to take the nests from the hives, one by one (130 hives in total!)
After the festival we spent a few hours taking wasp larvae out of the nests and cooking them...