Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I finally found a sumo boyfriend!!! ;-)
The festival even had cute recycling for the many many many different kinds of trash.... Cans, PET bottles, burnables, non-burnables, food, plastics and more... uff! At least they make it cute to sort the trash. ;-)
After wandering around the street fest we headed to the rooftop to listen to live funky jazz and hawaiian music on the roof....
Along with yummy BBQ food they were cooking up we also joined in on a tea ceremony...
We headed back on the street to check out how the festival was doing on the ground.... we found a mikoshi parade with dozens of men carrying 3 diva men... i mean women!!!!! ahhh... japan... how i love thee!!! ;-)
For our shabu shabu we got a big plate of various types of thinly sliced beef, a plate of veggies and then your choice of ramen or soba noodles... On the center of our table was a hotplate where they placed boiling soba water... You then take a slice of beef and swish it back and forth into the water until it turns a whitish grey... (shabu shabu means swish swishhh!) so after you're done swishing then its ready to dip into your personal kombu (kelp) water bowl. You can add whatever sauces you want... we had miso paste, soy sauces, sesame sauces, and yuzu pepper. mmm...
After you finish half the plate of beef you can then add the vegetables to the hot pot, then continue with the rest of the beef and then finally you add your ramen or soba noodles! At the end you can then drink your bowl which has a combo of all the meat, veggies and sauces... mmm...
Uff... we were stuffed but it was soooo good!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
luckily I missed the deadline by 5 years! ;-)
another article about how young Japanese should be actively seeking their future spouses:
Monday, July 6, 2009
I was sooo lucky to finally meet the grandfather of the family, Seiichiro-san, who my Dad is always raving about as being the nicest guy. :-) Seiichiro-san made a trip up from Akita by ferry to Hokkaido, so we met in Sapporo for a long coffee chat. He was the sweeeeetest!!! He came bearing so many kind gifts from Akita and shared many stories.
My favorite Akita tradition he told me about is that of Namahage!!!!
Akita is famous for the children eating monster - NAMAHAGE!!!!!! oooooh.... He is sooo cool!
Seiichiro-san told me that on New Year's Eve a group of young men dress up as the fierce Namahage and go around each house in the village shouting: "ANY MISBEHAVING KIDS LIVE HERE!??!?!" They then run around the house telling them not to be lazy or to cry even though the kids are normally so terrified that they burst into tears. Seiichiro-san said when he was a little boy he was petrified of Namahage. awwww.... To make Namahage go away they parents give Namahage loads of booze, food and gifts and reassure him that their children have been good this year. hahaha....
Namahage is waaaaay cooler than coal.
Seiichiro even gave me this awesome phone charm of Namahage riding a jet-motobike!
The charm will remind me to be a good girl this year. ;-)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
ESSAYS ON DREAMS:
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
even the dogs were decked out for the festival!!!!
So yeah.... back to Apollo... Nikki and I spent the whole festival being their groupies... I felt like a proud mother cheering them on and embarrassing them every step of the way!!!! awww...
Here's a little video compilation I made of their dance performances...
The night of their first performance on the big stage they had a big group meeting and the leader pushed me on the moon rock to give a mama's proud speech!!!! hahaha...
The judging stint towards the end of the festival is a crazy adrenaline pumped parade. Your group has to walk down Odori street and perform 5 TIMES in a row!!!!! the first time is more or less a practice round then the 2nd time is for the judges then the next 3 times is for guests and other people to watch. I dont know how they did it. They were absolutely soaked at the end! hahaha... We went to celebrate with them at the end of the parade. Awww.....
YEAH KENNY and REI!!!!!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxox
Another favorite was this cute cute cute group of little old ladies dressed up in neon and pastel sequenced cat outfits!!!!!!! i LOVED them!!!!!!! I hope that's me when I'm older.
They also had a group perform in wheelchairs, there were mad scientists, jungle african themes, samurai, gorgeous geishas, flamboyant singin in the rain guys n gals, mickey mouse, school kids, and more...
But because we were following Apollo the whole time I kinda forgot to take pictures of the other groups... so check out my friend Crystal's blog for her gorgeous pics of the Yosakoi Festival!!!!
I did take a few video clips... here's a compilation of SUPA GENKI YOSAKOI!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!
I was told Homo Milk was really big popular back in the day!
and to clear the air... Homo stands for Homogenized ;-)
Homo milk even has it's own mascot - HOMO CHAN!!!!! (chan is a cute affectionate friendly term they add on after your name)
Homo-chan has quite sparse stubble, doesn't he??? soooo cute tho! ;-)