Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tanabata Festival


Every year, on the 7th day of the 7th month, we celebrate Tanabata.

It's very colorful.

The tradition is to write your wishes on a piece of paper and hang it from some bamboo. As always, reading other people's wishes is a good time.

"Save the earth... peace out"

Her scribbles are her wish. To us, it's just lines on the paper, but in her mind it has meaning. Profound.

"Please no hangover tomorrow." The smartest, most well thought out wish I've seen.

He wants the perfect run in an upcoming Honolulu marathon.

Some people I met.

That's the hottest Snow White I've ever met.

You can see why I still teach children in Japan after 2 years.

This guy... I've seen him before in Shibuya and Harajuku and Yoyogi. Peep the earrings... those are live fish. Who remembers the scene from "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" where the pimp has goldfish in his shoes? Anyone?

The burger chef.


Nerdy foreigners in traditional Japanese clothing...

There were maybe 50 people taking photos of these little girls. It's blurry, but the one on the right is holding a massive hamburger. From the burger guy above. I was gonna get one, but they covered it in mayo.

There's plenty to spend money on at festivals. This is a bag of helium that gives you a "Dokiri" voice.

Making the crazy popular burgers.

My (first of many) dinners.


You can buy a giant beetle for 1000 yen (about $10)

There was a back alley with at least 4 fake tattoo shops.

Bananas covered in... something.

My 七夕 wish? I hope I can go to a lot of festivals this year. My other wishes are not suitable for writing on the internet.


Unknown said...

A burger with mayo?
How much calorie we are talking about?
This is one thing I could not understand with the modern Japanese culture.
However, Japanese in general dose not have any problems with bulging waistline.

I love the color of the festival.
Indeed, very jovial!

Edward from New York City

Ramen Adventures said...

I've seen a few burgers in the states with mayo on them. Do you remember the Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box? I guess I'm not shocked by this when everyday I see mayo on pizza and fried chicken.

The Mega Mac has been a huge hit in Japan for about 2 years. The combo set, which has fries, drink, and chicken nuggets is over 1500 calories.

Anonymous said...

Isn't mayo on burgers pretty standard? Well at least in Canada it is.

thegypsie said...

By fake tattoo shops, did you mean the shops gave you fake tattoos... or they were shady ass tattoo shops that gave you real tattoos.
Since living in Japan have you had ink done there and is it more costly or harder to find an artist there?

Ramen Adventures said...

Lot's of shops in Tokyo and other main cities tend to be about the same price as back in the States.