I still have so many posts from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, which I’ve yet to write up, but I thought I would write a post about an event that happened today, just to keep things current and also a little diverse. Today was the student festival for Tenrikyo, the local religion, and supposedly it’s the largest Tenrikyo festival of the year. We showed up early, the various members of Tenrikyo were still setting up booths and making preparations. Though they’d had opening ceremonies and such earlier, apparently the real festival wouldn’t actually get started until 7 o’clock. But that wasn’t a problem–nearby, the cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom, and we went down by the river to relax and enjoy the scenery as the sun went down.
There were lots of people wearing silly outfits and outrageous costumes–all to promote their food stalls! It seemed as though everywhere we went there were people wearing ridiculous things, waving around signs and shouting advertisements for their stalls. “Come try our fried noodles! Come try our dumplings! They’re delicious!”
Most of them were also all-too-willing to have their photo taken, haha.
These fellas wearing pig masks sat in front of this fried pork booth, showing how delicious their food was. (But isn’t that cannibalism??)
There were all kinds of food, too. Aside from typical Japanese food like dumplings, takoyaki, and noodles, there were lots of hot dogs, french fry stands, pasta, pizza, and crepes. It was nice and cheap, too. I paid 200 yen for four tickets, and most foods only cost one ticket. So I got some fried noodles, tamasen (basically a fried egg between two crackers like a sandwich), hot dog, and peperoncino pasta. A pretty good deal, yes?
A lot of my friends got different things. Above, a couple friends from Spain and France (respectively) are digging in to their curry udon. I usually love Japanese curry dishes, but I’d just had some for lunch, so I wasn’t really feelin’ it then.
It was crowded, so it was hard to keep track of everyone, but we did our best. Aside from the food, there weren’t any games or activities, really. But there was a big stage set up, with various performers coming out to sing or dance. Some acts were better than others.
Finally, they finished with a bang. Good night, Tenri.