This summer proved to be an exciting one as we went to festivals for the first time in a very long time. In fact, I don’t think we ever did go to a festival as a family. So without further ado, here’s a partial recap of our adventures.
Saturday, August 19
We decided to go to a nearby Bon Odori (盆踊り) festival on base since it was only a 30-minute drive away. I bought jinbeis (甚平) for all three of us, which were infinitely easier to wear than yukatas (浴衣). Unfortunately I was plagued with a UTI so I didn’t have the grandest time, but I did my best. The food was okay—a mixture of American and Japanese. I was annoyed that they didn’t sell individual pizza slices, but oh well. They forced you to buy entire pizza boxes! The fireworks is what we really looked forward to and they started at 2000. The wait was worth it as they did in fact deliver. Anyway, Miyu ended up using a fireworks photo as her inspiration for her summer homework. 🙂
Sunday, August 20
Our next trip was the next day when we went to a nearby shopping plaza where a small Bon Odori festival was being held. It was definitely a compact-sized festival but it was neat and we had a bit of fun. I fell in love with one of the food stands that sold “Super Star Potatoes” and I swear, it was the best french fries I’ve ever had in my life. LOL