Daily Archives: August 9, 2010

Warabi Matsuri 2010

On August 8, 2010, I went to the Warabi Matsuri (festival).  It’s in Warabi city in Saitama.  It was cooler than it had been recently, so that was nice.  This festival is held annually, and this year was the 60th time it was held.  Sunday night’s festivities were mostly food and a live band.  I ate karaage (fried chicken), a frankfurter sausage and some jaga-butter (potato and butter).  I wanted to try more food, but I was too full!  I didn’t take many pictures, but what I did take were mostly blurry.  Sorry about that.  I have to learn to stop moving while I take a picture.  Enjoy the photos!

Welcome to Warabi Festival!

A nice welcome to the Warabi Festival.

Warabi Festival

Nice bright colours. Sorry for the blurriness.

Warabi Festival

Enjoy the colours!

Warabi Festival

Very artistic decorations.

Warabi Festival

It was pretty crowded at this festival. The street is lined with food stalls, where you can buy great food.

Warabi Festival

Another blurry picture. The one on the right is Mao Asada.

Warabi Festival

Colourful lights!

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Swallows are everywhere

Every year in Japan, the swallows come home to make their nests and lay eggs. Swallows tend to return to the exact same place to make their nest every year. The nests are commonly found under overhangs, often in front of stores. The businesses will hang umbrellas upside-down to catch the swallows’ droppings. Right now, the babies are big, and ready to leave the nest. I took this picture about a week ago, and you can see one of the babies waiting to be fed.

Juvenile swallow waiting for food

This fully grown baby swallow was waiting for food.

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