Since it is effin’ cold now (temperatures at night are 1°C, give or take), what better way to imagine warmth and toastiness by reliving one of my favorite times during summer?
This is a re-post from my old blog (now inactive) that I kept when I was in Japan previously, and part of the Flashback Friday series! ^_^
First written: 18 July 2009
I have been looking forward to this day for SO LONG.
My first time at a 夏祭り (natsu matsuri), aka summer festival!
I have watched countless j-dramas and anime where summer festivals are shown, where the girls all don pretty yukatas (like a summer kimono) and happily go to the festival.
At the festival, there are lots of stalls from food to games and it always seemed full of fun and excitement! I have been DREAMING of going to one and I finally got to live it today!
We went with 2 other couples (Fu’s friends) and both couples are on their honeymoon! Awww. It’s like a double-date for them, only better!
The festival really is as I imagined it to be – People happily exploring the festival site, which is decked out with endless rows of store after store.
Like with our pasar malam, the stores repeat after a while, but the difference is I don’t get bored of seeing the same stores here!
From yaki soba (fried noodles) to choco banana (fresh bananas coated with a layer of chocolate and often sprinkled with confectionary) to yakitori (grilled meat on a stick) to okonomiyaki (japanese-style pizza). Everything was straight out from the drama/anime and I wanted to try everything!
I missed eating my cotton candy though. Only saw it at the end and was too friggin’ full (and expensive!) >_<
They give you a cup of ice to do your own ice-kachang, japanese-style! There are more than 10 types of syrup for you to pick from!
Fu was a little top trigger-happy with the syrup and what was supposed to be ice with a tinge of syrup turned out to be ice drowned in syrup -_-
When it comes to summer festivals, who can forget the highlight…
The Japanese really love their fireworks and the fireworks lasted for a full hour!
I was totally used as a prop for their photos, because I was decked out in a yukata and adds to the “authenticity” of being in Japan. Though there’s nothing authentic about it since I’m not Japanese… but as long as I look the part, eh? :D
I think this might be one of the few things I love about summer!
Ending note: Time really flies! These 2 couples, who were on their honeymoon when these photos were taken, already have 2 kids EACH D: