Sunday, April 5, 2009

Japan Day in Misawa

Little Drummer Boys and Girls, the Makabano Kids




Towada Thunder Drum Music Group



Kabuki Play and Dancing Hanasuzukai performed in Edgren High School's gym




Yosakai Soran Dancing by Honkikai



Nishizuka Nambu Local Dancing





Food




Yaki Soba, look at the Japanese guy he tasted the noodles :-) hmmm



My son taking the ikebana lesson, the flower arrangement....go boy!! I want the flowers! hahaha


kites


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Misawa Air Base hosted a Japan Day last Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Edgren High School, this was the 22nd annual celebration. There were lots of demonstrations and displays showing Japanese culture with the Americans stationed in Misawa.

The event started 10am and lasted 4pm. We were there early since my daughter volunteered to be one of the interpreters for Japanese people sponsored by their Japanese Club.

The kids definitely enjoyed this event. There were lots of hands-on displays and demonstrations. My son enjoyed the making of paper plane and kite, potter making, how to make a slime, how to braid or make a cord made of interlacing strands and flower arranging or the ikebana class. My son even tried to wear the Sakurada Armor and took picture of him with the costume.

There was also kimono wearing and display which I did not try, it was a long line anyway. I enjoyed the ikebana class, we got to bring home the flowers which we used in their demonstration of flower arranging. Although I know ikebana, I was after the free bunch of flowers :-) so I even asked my son to take the lesson so we'll get two hahaha.

We missed some of the displays but we didn't miss the food, Japanese and American food! There were lots of food stalls, some have long lines and didn't get the chance to try them.

Overall it's a great experience to know more of Japanese culture.

14 comments:

Butler and Bagman said...

I can almost hear the drummers.

Patty said...

Bagman, you can always hear drummers!

I love the drummers, too. Those little kids are just darling.

Thank you for sharing all those great photos with us.

Looks like fun!

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

Dear Missy,
I like the Little Drummer Boy. And the Yaki Soba. I guess I'll take a japanese lunch today.. I miss that. Have a nice day ahead..

Jhay said...

aww too bad we missed it! looked like a lot of fun! I love the pirate drummers, they are so cute! thanks for sharing your photos!

~jhay

HalfCrazy said...

Aww! Those kids in the first photo are so cute especially with their skull caps on!

Your daughter is so sweet volunteering to interpret! Looks like you're a good teacher in English!

Your photos are awesome, thanks for being a window to something some of us might never see! :)

The Pink Bird House said...

Yes, I have to ditto that, thank you for being a window to a place that we might never see for ourselves. The pictures were great and it looked like a wonderful day of events! I would have enjoyed trying the kimono wearing, and that japanese braiding! Even the long waiting lines could have daunted me. :-) A lovely post. thanks so much.

Joy said...

The kids in the first photo are so cute! And of course, I was enticed by the food.

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Sidney said...

Looks like a fun event!
Entertainment and food ! Good combo !

Missy said...

butler and bagman- thanks for dropping by and you heard the little drummers :-)

Patty- Yes they're so adorable and they're so little but they can play already the pirates of the carribean song

Ate Loida- yes I like them too but they're boys and girls :-) the girls looked like boys because of the "bandana" hehehe

Jhay- Yeah you missed the fun and Jared should have enjoyed it :-)

Halfcrazy- my daughter knows Japanese and that's why her teacher volunteered her to be one of the interpreters :-)

The Pink Bird House (aka Debby)- thanks for dropping by and I will be sharing more of my travels and experiences while we are station here in Japan :-)

Joy- thanks for visitng my site, sorry I missed your show :-( I'll be there this Saturday...online :-)

Sidney- thanks for dropping by

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Missy!!!! Your snaps are outstanding.......
What brilliant colors and vivid descriptions.
You are a photographer extrordinaire girl :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Missy said...

Reggie Girl- Thanks for dropping by, I'm just an amateur photographer :-) but not yet an extra ordinary one hahaha

Garando said...

Cool! The Japanese Foundation usually holds a similar "Japan Day" event in Manila. I was able to attend one and it was like a mini Japanese festival, but it wasn't as grand as this. pero I got to eat a lot of yakitori. hehe :D

cpsanti said...

wow, that looks like a lot of fun! you guys really participated in the activities ;-)

Wendy said...

I'd be all over those noodles. They'd have to get security to come take me away.