August 31, 2008

Rokko Island Matsuri

In what was likely the last matsuri of the summer festival season, this Saturday was our local neighborhood festival - Rokko Island Matsuri.

This was our favorite of them all! Only a five minute walk from our house. Lauren got to wear "her kimono" for the first time. (As did many of Jacob and Lauren's little friends.)

We got to hang out with all of our friends from Rokko Island. There were games for the kids. There was great food and drink (local pub Macsy's makes a mean chu-hai!). And there was great musical entertainment throughout the day and into the night. It was basically a huge block party.
The best part was that it was a true multi-cultural affair. Towards the end of the night, after much traditional Japanese music and dancing and some more modern Japanese acts, the gaijin got to take over the main stage, with hilarious performances that included Avril Lavigne (Skater Girl), Michael Jackson, the YMCA and Macarena. OK, well then again, it maybe not be fair to call it "culture," but it was hilarious and a lot of fun. And there was also a rousing performance by a local Belly Dancing group. Not the stuff of your standard matsuri, but the whole crowd, including all the local Japanese were really into all of the music. Or maybe everyone was just really drunk by then.

Here are some more videos to give you more of a flavor of the evening:

The Modern


Belly Dancing

1 comment:

Lisa said...

looked like a ton of fun!