so this weekend we went to pasadena for the obon festival. this annual festival is a celebration of the japanese culture and more specifically, is an event for commemorating one’s ancestors. kyle’s dad has been going to this festival since he was a kid and so has kyle! (cute, eh?) this event is run soley by volunteers from the community. isnt that great?! bbq, community, kimonos, martial arts, dances, and kintoki on ice (sweet red beans. my favorite). i look forward to this every year because its delish.
Oooh, OBON! I love Japanese festivals. Your photos remind me of the weekly street markets of Kyoto.
Christine! I didnt know you’ve been to Japan! We want to visit so bad! Maybe 1-2 years from now!
Yeah, I’ve been a few times for school and to backpack around — hostels in Japan are SO clean and pretty cheap, too (usually about $25 ~ $30 a night, and some include a little breakfast). It’s a great, safe place to visit — beautiful and interesting and historic, especially the Kansai area.