Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Nihon Matsuri





 









Nihon Matsuri is an annual Japanese Festival created by the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) to honor and teach about Japanese heritage and culture.  John and I attended back in 2007 with my parents and at that time it was sunny and warm. We met up with some extended family to see the Topaz exhibit (Topaz was an internment camp in Utah during WWII) at the Buddhist temple and enjoyed the performances.

It was a little different this year.  First of all, the weather couldn't make up it's mind and fluctuated between snow flakes and glaring sun.  Second, there were a ton of anime enthusiasts! I am sure the elder Japanese were thinking, "What the heck are all these crazy teenagers doing?!" because I know that's what I was thinking.  There was everyone from Naruto to Totoro cruising the street. A group of them even started doing a weird dance that freaked John out. At times it felt more like Comicon than anything traditionally Japanese. We did have a yummy lunch of goyza and teriyaki chicken.  There was even a side of mochi! I liked the drummers and some of the kimono featured in the fashion show.  Also, there was a group of people dressed up as Link with ocarina's around their necks.

4 comments:

holtkamp said...

totoro! ha! gyoza sounds so good right now. glad you guys had a good time :)

Emily said...

I guess it's good teenagers want to learn more?! Gyoza sounds yummy!!

Angie said...

Mmmm...that food looks SO GOOD!

Tara said...

I always feel that zelda/anime fans should attend Renaissance fairs rather than Japanese culture ones...