Alternate title: Japan Week 2015
It's been an atrociously long time since I've updated this blog. It still has that dopey (but awesome) header that Gary made ages ago. It needs to be updated again, because Cora is so much bigger now! But babies tend to do that don't they?
So this week (April 18-26) is Japan Week in Spokane. Thus far it has been oooookay. It started off at the Northeast Museum of Art and Culture this year, as opposed to Riverpark Square Mall. So that was neat. It's only been a thing for a couple years, and apparently this year they had a lot more people show up than in previous years. As someone who has more than a passing interest in Japanese culture, it makes me very happy! Someday I might find some friends who have the same kind of interest as me. Gary wore his yukata that I made for him, though we need some practice getting it to stay straight while he wears it. I didn't get a picture of him. Darn.
Actually, we did run into the one other (non-japanese) person who was wearing kimono. We chatted with him for a bit. His name was Thor. He had a cool accent; his family is from Germany. He even made himself a bento for the occasion, which made me happy. Now I wish I had taken a picture of his bento box, because it was gorgeous and had a lid like I've never seen before.
It was tiny, maybe only 4 inches, and square with 3 tiers; like this (only with a phoenix motif, which apparently is also rare, because I can't find a picture of one):
But with a lid that looked like this:
Seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen. I've never been able to gush over a bento box with someone before, so it was a good day.
We got to see taiko drumming for the first time. Taiko is very loud but has a great beat, and unlike watching the drums in say, a marching band, it is very entertaining to watch.
|Don't know why Spokane Taiko is comprised mostly of old ladies, but whatever.|
|Peri as we were leaving. Seriously the cutest thing that ever walked the earth. She wanted to wear her Sailor Chibi Moon bow, so that made me happy.|
|This is her learning how to make an origami jumping frog. She loved it. The ladies running the booth thought she was so cute and got a picture with her too.|
|She decided to color this girl at the coloring station because she looked like a princess.|
|The she proceeded to give her a sunburned face.|
|There were some Japanese toys to play with too.|
|At the end, Peri wanted to take some feelings pictures. Here she is looking surprised.|
|Here she is looking scared.|
|Oh, Cora and Gary were there too. Cora wore her jinbei, it was super cute, and kind of big yet.|
|Also, my sister Katrina. She got herself a yo-yo.|