According to the pamphlet we got at Machikado Square, this is the 64th Tanabata Festival for this city, where almost 2 million people will walk the streets during the three day celebration to look at over 50,000 decorations. The decorations were all very colorful and covered everything from Disney characters to soccer stars to anime characters. There were food vendors on both sides of the streets from one end of the festival to the other.
|Even the Colonel|
dressed in Samurai
Blue for the festivities
The picture on the left is of what I think is a bird. It is tied to one of the poles in the picture above. It looks like it is made of a milk carton. There is one in the group that is made with those popcorn holders you get at the movies.
So, after walking for about forty five minutes, we stopped and bought the kids slushies. Both strawberry, because that's the only flavor we could understand when it was said. :)
Above is a shot down the main street. The decorations are tied to bamboo poles that are then tied to rails, poles, and buildings along the street. We were lucky to have a slightly windy day, not only to help alleviate the heavy humidity, but also to make the streamers swoosh magically as we walked underneath.
|We love Hiratsuka!|
What would a Japanese festival be without characters running around and taking pictures with screaming kids? There were also many, many people, especially cute little girls, dressed in yukata.
This was not one of the more exciting excursions we've made over the last year and a half, but it was neat to look at all the streamers, and to just get off base for a bit this weekend.