Friday, September 10, 2010

On this harvest moon

Our friends in Shiogama, on the outskirts of Sendai, invited us to a barbecue a few weeks ago, to celebrate the summer harvest. They have a little plot of land, and had grown so many wonderful vegetables. It was really lovely.

Some of the delicious, fresh vegetables in question. おいしかったよ。

DIY tempura.

Around the corner was a little neighbourhood party, and we poked our noses in to see what was going on. They were doing a traditional bon dance with fans, and as soon as they saw us they roped us both into joining in. It was really easy, and pretty fun, too. The song that they danced to was maybe two minutes long, and they had it on repeat for a long, long time. We danced about five plays, accepted our applause, and then left them to it.

For the rest of the evening we could hear sporadic announcements over their little sound system reminding everyone that New Zealanders had come to their party. It was pretty cute.

At night we had fireworks.

Thanks, Aya, Reiji, Asuka, Kaori, Danke and everyone else!

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