I posted some pictures in my photo section of Japanfest on Saturday, but I have more now from Ken's mom, and I wanted to share a bit more about the experience.
We went to Japanfest to celebrate Ken's birthday with his mom, his sister's family, and our Rosie. His other sister, Yuki, who lives in Birmingham, Al, and her family, couldn't come.
It was, of course, pouring rain but not flooding yet. There were loads of people there! We got food at the food court; I had rice curry with beef for $2.50, and it was almost more than I could eat. Almost everybody else had delicious sushi for $4 and $5 a plate.
We walked around the booths looking at all the great stuff they had for sale, and found the booth that demonstrated and tolk about these adorable robot seals, which are used for therapy for dementia patients and children. They were so very cute! I have a very short video clip of them on here, as well.
There were lots of martial arts demonstrations and some traditonal dance, etc., but my favorite event was God of Shimesin, a rock group which makes use of the shimesin, a Japanese stringed instrument in a very non-traditional way. I wondered how my y mother-in-law was going to like it, but she loved it! She told me that as a child, she thought the shimesin was a very boring instrument, but "they made it so exciting!"
Here is Rosie, kissing the Lucky Cat. I guess this Lucky Cat was very lucky indeed!
And here we are as a family:
Ken, me, Rosie, Eric, Amy, Volker, Maho