Natalie Goes to Japan

40 year old very married blonde woman having a midlife crisis who heads to Japan alone to follow her dreams. Be careful what you wish for ... you just may get it.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Tako Matsuri

The first day of the Hamamatsu festival we went to the Suzukis and I went to the Tako Matsuri - Kite Festival. And it was just so cool. Each of the 100 or so neighborhoods in Hamamatsu enter a huge kite (approx 8'x8') with their logo on it. And a huge number of people hold on to the rope. But, this is a competition. You try to bring other kites down, usually by wrapping your rope around their rope and pulling until one rope breaks. And the kite comes barreling down, usually to land in the pine trees, but occasionally into the festival goers. There are stalls selling food, drink and festival related things as well. So we grabbed some of all of the above and sat down to stuff our faces and watch the battles ensue. We had a guide book to help us identify the various kites and lounged around until it all came to a halt. The Kite Festival would continue for another 2 days. And I never did find out which neighborhood won.


At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kite fighting!!Yes. It sounds great. Mum


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