-Japan day! No, for real…it was like going to Japan but in Bellevue…

It was such a wonderful surprise to find out that the Aki Mistsuri day at Bellevue Community College was great!  Our expectations were a little low (sorry) but again, I can’t recommend going highly enough!  I want to get a Kimono now so I can wear one there…a LOT of people were wearing one.

They spread it out through most of the campus and had little lanterns up inside with each building having seminars, exhibitions, martial art shows, games and sale tables.  It really was like going to Japan for the day.   I got to meet Enfu and there was an adorable cos-player that let me take her picture.  Mark your calenders for next year, it’s WELL worth the wait and the trip!

We finished off the evening by going to the International District’s Moon Night Market and festival.  I’m sorry to say that I wish we would have gone there first?  It was very commercialized, McDonalds had a booth there.  It was so packed with Sounders fans, which was fine, but then they had a chain link fence around the drinking area which was under the gate.   That gate is one of the most gorgeous things about that area and it seems like they could have come up with a little something better.  I hate saying that but I have to be honest.  We were pretty tired by that time so that might have had something to do with it too but I do think if we had switched our itinerary, we would have like the ID festival better.

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