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.
Shinto opening blessing.
Not sure who the guys is Photo by MK Barr
Ninja photographer 2
Unbelievable weaving. Approximately 1 inch per hour.
Signs were all handmade and one of my favorite parts.
Enfu!!! He does the Blue C Sushi menus, the bags for Uwajamaya (sp?) and lots more. LOVE his work!
Huge kite perhaps?
The volunteer t-shirts
Frank as Chopper (Racoon Dog style)…so cute!
Just missed the tea ceremony
Puppet show and sweet girl showing us where to go. We missed the show unfortunately…to full.
No idea what it says….
Getting ready to be warriors.
Hello Kitty warrior
Gotta Dance!!! See video below of her “fighting”. She is so cute, I can’t stand it!
Do NOT mess with them!
Hello Kitty going off to find the litter box?
Seminar on Japan castles
They ran to say hello
Trying them on
Bonsai looks real
Mini Bonsai close-up
Sachi Tanimoto. LOVE her work too!
Sachi’s latest work
Moon Night Market in the International District
Cool food truck
Food truck detail
Gate, dragon & umbrella
Saw little girl taking cool pics and copied.
Loved the bucket
Packing up from drumming
Pushing the drum
They are trying to save this building.