Konichiwa my fellow Imported-Chocolates!
As you read in my last article, I’m currently in Japan for the time being. With that said, I have some fun photos and a fresh new experience to share with you. Last week, a coworker and I went to a festival. It was in celebration of the end of summer. With this hot sticky weather, I couldn’t be happier to welcome fall!
Come on a journey with me to Japan….
Imagine this: Drums pounding through the hot, humid night air. Sweet aroma of food tickling your nostrils, and beautiful lanterns hanging everywhere! There were women dressed in beautiful traditional Japanese garb (yakata) and children running and laughing everywhere. Men and women alike were dancing a sort of line-dance around a stage and singing in unison.
The stage was layered with many platforms, each with men and women beating wooden drums of all sizes. My friend, I attended with, joined in the dance and was carried away by the crowd. Yes, it was indeed a wonderful night.
As you know, a cultural experience isn’t complete for me without a little food tasting. I tried a fried noodle dish, called yakisoba. It was delicious! I also tried the Japanese version of a snow cone (strawberry flavored), called ichigo kakigouri–very sweet! In fact, I got a little too excited to be able to use the pump myself and drowned it in syrup.
I had a giant hot dog on a stick with the usual ketchup and mustard (haven’t had a hot dog in a loooong time) and I tried a fried fish cake with crushed seaweed on a stick…now that was an acquired taste for me. I love seafood but my taste buds just weren’t ready for it that night.
There were chocolate covered bananas on sticks (everything was on sticks, talk about efficiency!) but I was too full to eat those, unfortunately.
After eating PLENTY of food and taking in some great sounds and sights, I was ready to end the night. Well, to be honest, the festival had ended. The fireworks went off and the proverbial fat lady had sung. It was time to go home.
Here are some photos from the night. Enjoy!