Thursday, August 27, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai (Festival)- part1

One of the floats, the little drummers and the blue devil (sorry but I don't know the name of the float hehehe)

A blue float :-)

BFF (best friends forever hehehe)

The Geisha Float

The old man and the horse with no name

Kids with their flutes

The cute drummers

The teenagers with their custom made flip flops

Another float

These kids are pulling the rope (pretending they can pull the big float).....I don't think I'll let my son wear this kind of hat but they're so cute with these kids :-)


Hachinohe Sansha Taisai- is a wide and main festival of the town. It is also considered as "Japan's Biggest Float Festival." Sansha means "three shrines" and Taisai means "festival": It is held by three shrines (jinja): Ogami Jinja, Shinra Jinja, and Shinmeigu.

Floats ran through the main streets of the city of Hachinohe, accompanied by people with drums, flutes and loud calls. Twenty seven different floats were used, and they were proudly constructed and decorated by the members of various organizations. The floats were also accompanied by men in samurai costumes on horseback, and Tiger Dancers. Some kids and adults were pulling the ropes to guide the floats on where to go.

We witnessed this event last August 1, 2009, sorry for this late post I was a bit busy lately.....busy with my farm.....farmtown on facebook hehehe LOL.

By the way, Hachinohe is a 30 minute drive from Misawa Air Base.

I will post more pictures from this festival on my next post.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Misawa Tanabata Festival- Part 3 (Street Food and Games)

Look at the outfits of those 2 girls :-) compared with the old guy on the left LOL

The machine on the left is where you get your ticket, and the prize are the stuffed animals/toys

These sodas are not real sodas they are floating devices :-) or floaty??? (whatever!) , you'll definitely get one of these when you buy a ticket for 500 yen, the grand prize is a huge stuffed animal; the machine ticket is the same as above

Catching gold fish, 500 yen with that little scoop

Catching toy balls

This is how they make tako yaki (tako means octopus)

I don't know the name of this food, but it looks like a hotdog with bones instead of sticks inside hehehe


choco bananas, bananas covered with chocolates

I don't know the name of this food, the toppings are pork

I bought two sticks of these chicken nori or barbecue (that's what I thought) actually they are chicken skins barbecue :-D, 200 yen each stick

friendly Japanese old man selling chicken skins

Misawa Tanabata Festival- this is the last post of the 3 series I posted for Tanabata Festival

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Misawa Tanabata Festival- Part 2

Japanese custom- people write their wishes and hang them on this tree

This was along White Pole Road or now the "Main Street"

White Pole Road or the Main Street

Japanese wearing kimono

Japanese dancing "hula" to the tune of ...... (hahaha I forgot the song....sorry)

Those lanterns are like big cherries hehehe

Along the Main Street intersection, off the Misawa AB main gate is the famous "Lalala karaoke bar" and of course the food stalls along the street

Tanabata Festival

This is the second part of my Misawa Tanabata Festival post. This was held last July 24 to 26.
I will be posting the street food next time. Thanks for reading my blog and hope you enjoy, just leave comments.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Misawa Tanabata Festival (Part 1)

Misawa Main Street (popularly known as the WhitePole Road)

The stage for the shows

Misawa Tanabata Festival

Every year Misawa celebrates the Tanabata Festival outside the Misawa Air Base main gate.
This year the festival was held from July 24 to 26. We went Saturday afternoon and we were fortunate enough that it did not rained. It was drizzling but still we enjoyed the event. The first day of this festival it rained very hard as well as Saturday and Sunday night , a really bad day for some people.

The streets were filled with bright, colorful and decorative streamers and lanterns. There were also a lot of food and toy stalls and children activities such as catching gold fish, target shooting, raffle draws and a lot more. There was also a dance contest and there were Japanese and American performers.

It's summer here (supposed to be), but that day was a bit gloomy and it did rained when we were leaving the place.

According to wikipedia:
Tanabata (七夕 tanabata?, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, derived from the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi (七夕 "The Night of Sevens").
It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The celebration is held at night, once the stars come out.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sentosa, Singapore

Tanjong Beach Sentosa, Singapore

Another view of Tanjong Beach

Photographers with their petite model (I was able to sneak some shots of their model :-) )

Tanjong Beach Sentosa, Singapore

I was able to see Sentosa when my brother had a photo shoot with his friends who are also photographers. Actually they are not really a pro photographers it's just their hobby to take photos with different models. My husband and my kids were so exhausted during our trip to Merlion Park and Esplanade so they decided to stay at our hotel and opted to go swimming in the hotel pool instead.

The last photo was how the photo shoot was held. The photographers took a lot of shots with different angles with their model for 2 hours. I was supposed to take photos of those guys there in the back but my lens was not huge enough to capture them :-). Can't you see them?

After the photo shoot session, we didn't go anywhere we headed straight back to Sembawang since it was about lunch time, my family were very hungry it so sad I did not have time to explore Sentosa. The trip to Sentosa from Sembawang was about 20 to 30 minutes by taxi and my brother paid only ~S$ 25. We will probably go back here and stay here for a week so we can enjoy Singapore.

Bye Singapore, we will see you next time....I hope :-)