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Kibichuo-cho Festival

An afternoon out on the town.

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A few weeks back I was told a festival would be held in Kibichuo-cho, my home town. So far festivals in my town have been small with a little bit of music and four or five food stalls so I didn't get too excited about it but I thought I would check it out anyway. Well, as I approached the grounds in my car I realized this whole thing was going to be a lot bigger than I thought. The cars were parked miles in every direction and people still swarmed the sidewalks hours after the event had started.

The festival was held a few miles from my house on the grounds of Kibi Plaza which is where the board of education is located. I have been there dozens of times but it wasn’t until today I realized how big the grounds around the Plaza are. Little streams and waterfalls seem to drop over dozens of small hills and even with thousands of people around one could still find a beautiful and quiet little corner to eat their lunch.

Oh, and what a lunch: grilled corn, weird fish, amazing noodle dishes, egg rolls—not the kind you think. This was literally fried egg rolled up. There was all kinds of soups and vegetable dishes, crepes, ice cream and of course half a dozen things I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.

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There was lots to look at and games to play. There was loads of live entertainment and I even joined the Japanese army.

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All and all, it was a pretty good day.

Oh, and just for kicks (it may only be enjoyed by those who where there) here is a video I made after the JET orientation session in Okayama city.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nFUgQ1QluI

Posted by brendab 02:52

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