Monday, July 27, 2015

Kibune

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Oh my dreamy dreamy dreams! I have been dying to come to Kibune and do the nagashi somen right on the river experience
for years now, and we went last month for our anniversary. They build wood platforms over the top of this beautiful mountain
stream, and string up lanterns above the dining area, and in a certain area there's a bamboo pipe that shoots streams of
noodles for the diners to catch and eat. The view of the waterfall in front of us was stunning and it all felt so unreal.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

This Day, 3 Years Ago.

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The first time we lived in Japan in 2012, it was my first time spending summertime in Japan, and it was nothing short of magic. There was
always something to do and somewhere to be and I did and saw as much as possible. It did most things on my own since Ryan was working for
his internship, but for the last two weeks my sister came out to visit and we had some really great adventures. Some of my best memories
were from our day out to Kamakura which ended with fireworks on the beach. I made plans to go this year but they were canceled because of
stormy weather- which has kind of been the story for all my plans all summer. We keep getting big storms and typhoons this year:/ So here
are some nice photos of fireworks at a fun summer beach festival. oldies but goodies.

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And here is a video I made at the end of the summer- of all our fireworks times in Japan. It still fills me with a nostalgic ache to watch it.
Even though I'm in Japan, you really can't ever recreate the very first time you've been somewhere or done something, and that was a summer full
of magical firsts.

hanabi from kitsune-kun on Vimeo.




And to end, I leave you with silly, bad quality, unflattering photos of my sister and I waiting on the beach for fireworks to su-tah-toh.
Miss her and these memories a ton.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

*Happy Tanabata! *




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On July 7th, Japan starts celebrating the Star Festival, and festivities last for around a month. The lunar
calendar's August 7th is also considered a celebratory date because the Japanese holiday is based on a Chinese
folk tale. The story goes that the Sky King had a daughter who wove beautiful fabric throughout the sky that made
it beautiful to look at. She was always so busy weaving that she never met anyone or had anyone to love, and she
was sad and lonely. So her father found her a husband, a cow herder, and they fell in love and married. But they
were so in love and wrapped up in each other that they forgot to do their duties, she her sky weaving, and he his
sky herding, and so the sky's balance was thrown off and the sky king was angry and separated the lovers on each
side of the milky way.

The princess was so heart broken and cried so much that her father took pity on her and allowed them to meet once
a year on July 7th. He provides a bridge to cross the milky way river, but if it rains too much, the water rises
and covers the bridge. The first time this happen, she cried and cried until a flock of magpies flew over and made
a bridge with their wings for her to cross. I have a feeling all these details of crying and raining and wetness
have something to do with the fact that tanabata falls right in the middle or end of rainy season in Japan, depending
on the year, and when it's rainy and cloudy you can't see the stars at all, three of which represent the three characters
in the story.


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People celebrate tanabata by making paper crafts and chains and decorations to hang on bamboo branches. They write a wish
on colorful paper tags and hope for the sky king to grant it to them on this auspicious day of the star lovers' reunion. We
went to a tanabata festival in Kappabashi to see all the paper decorations and to write out own wishes.

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Love,
From Japan,
Kathryn*