Kimonos, Karate and…Starbucks?

  • Posted on April 15, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Yesterday, while my dear husband cranked away at his Master’s Thesis all day long and did not even stop to watch a single video on YouTube, I went downtown to the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. I was expecting some Japanese lanterns, women dressed in kimonos, some sushi, and maybe a samurai or two.

Well, I didn’t see any samurai, but it was hard to see anything. There were thousands of people. Everywhere. It was much bigger than I thought it would be. I wandered around for a while, and I did catch a martial arts exhibition and a presentation of traditional Japanese dance and music. I also saw some people dressed up like what I assumed were Japanese anime characters. Oh, and a Japanese rocker chick band. And what I think was a cross-dressing geisha. It was very cool, and I loved the people-watching, even if I really didn’t get a chance to check out any of the booths.

There were many food stands, mostly offering sushi, lo mein, egg rolls, deep fried meat dishes and meat-on-a-stick. (and are funnel cakes really Japanese? hmmm…) But the lines were so long, it just didn’t seem worth it to me. At these kinds of things, the smells are typically better than the tastes. Even the line for the free sample of the dulce de leche Frappuccino from the Starbucks booth was unbearable. Seriously, Starbucks?


Not the cross-dressing geisha. This one is a woman.

Karate Chop

Kung Foo Fighting.

Three Dancers