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    Simply Southern Satrudays

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Reflecting upon our time here, I've come to see that the Japanese are very similar to Southerners. Manners are key, they're always gracious and big on hospitality. Family comes first, friends are extensions of said family, and they're always happy to find an excuse to throw a party to gather those friends and family together.

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    This weekend is a great example.

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    Azabu-Juban, a neighboring hood, is having a three day festival of food, sales, and music. We're still not sure why, but we didn't waste time figuring it out!

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    We were right in the thick of it,

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    enjoying the fun and festivities.

    And let me tell you, the food was plenty,

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    drinks flowed hand to hand,

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    sales of numerous kinds had people in a frenzy.

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    There were games for children,

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    and music played on the Juban Square-all of which were very boy and girl-band inspired.

    As always, the people watching was so fun. It's infinitely enjoyable and I'm sure you can see why.

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    We even managed to find the scallywag's Japanese doppelganger!

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    They looked so similar it was unnerving.

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    See Husband being unnerved?

    It was funny! Also funny is the fact that the Japanese have real penchant for sweets. They eat their rice, they love their fish and fresh fruits and veggies. But they're just as bad as the rest of us when it comes to sugary foods!

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    See this? They had numerous stands with sweet candies and fruits, all dipped in molten sugar, then placed atop blocks of ice to cool.

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    They created the perfect craters for the next sugar-dipped treats to rest.

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    Sometimes the sweets were topped with sprinkles, and I know several people with a serious sprinkle weakness.

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    Eldest loved her marshmallow treat!

    We had a wonderful, wonderful time. But the crowds were thick, the time was growing late, and the bebe was growing tired.

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    We left sleepy and happy, anticipating a possible return.

    Now I don't know about you, but growing up festivals like this were always a precursor to Fall. I've thrown the name of this season around a few times already, but the cooler days have been on my mind alot. This festival only cemented those thoughts.

    Fall, whenever you're ready, we're waiting for you!

    Do you have any memories or times associated with the approach of Fall?

    3 Responses to “
    Simply Southern Satrudays

    Ruth said...

    That is amazing how much that little boy looks like my sweet eldest nephew (by the way I am really missing his sweet calls).
    Looks like fun!!
    Football is the only thing I can think of that brings fall from my childhood.

    Mrs. Cozy Home said...

    OOhh!! Did the little guys get a look at one another? It would have been fascinating if they saw a likeness in one another!

    Elizabeth said...

    sounds like my kind of people! i had to a double take on the other little boy. they could be twins!