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12:12 pm: Step right up and get your culture here...
Friday was a national holiday (Culture Day). I went with the MINNA no Salon crew to Hikone for a festival.

We started out by taking a tour of Hikone Castle. I went there before while I was studying Japanese at JCMU, so that wasn't anything new. Afterward, however, we went out to eat at a Japanese restaurant in a part of town I had never visited. The restaurant made a special vegetarian meal for me that was superb.

When lunch was over, I wandered back to the castle area to watch the parade that was the main event of the day. There were lots of people lined up along the road, but I was lucky enough to find a spot behind some people sitting down, so I managed to get some decent pictures.
  1. Parade pic 1
  2. Parade pic 2
  3. Parade pic 3
  4. Parade pic 4
  5. Parade pic 5


Most of the people in the parade were demonstrating the clothing from long ago. However, the last picture was instead to display the skill of doing various acrobatic feats at the top of a ladder. The men with hooks would gather around the bottom of the ladder, using the hooks on a lower rung to hold it pointed straight up, while one man would climb to the top and hang at various angles.

Ladder acrobatics

I took a short movie of the ladder guys with my digital camera, which would have been really nifty to share. However, I automatically tilted the camera on end to get the whole ladder in the view...totally not realizing that this would make the movie come out sideways. Erg.

EDIT: For those who don't mind turning their heads (or monitors!) sideways, here is the movie file of the ladder acrobatics. (43MB .mpg)

I was wrangled into running the December MINNA no Salon meeting/Christmas Party. The suggestion was to make gingerbread cookies. I can probably handle that.

Saturday I took advantage of the nice weather and tried to catch up on my laundry. (I have a dryer, but if I put too much in it--say, more than three pairs of pants--it tends to overheat before the clothes are totally dry.)

Sunday I started the day by clearing off my kitchen table and making a fresh batch of tortillas. (Mmm...so goooood...)

After that, the rest of my time was spent in a Warcraft raid on Blackwing Lair. It was supposed to last around four hours, but we kept going and beating more bosses and it eventually stretched to over eight hours. We defeated the first six bosses and only quit when Chromaggus (the second-to-last boss) wiped the floor with us.

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From:megory
Date:November 7th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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It sounds like a great weekend--such a great combination of duty and pleasure, that's pure no-guilt fun. (Sorry about the Chromaggus part, but otherwise, it sounds as if you all wouldn't have known when to quit.)
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From:mangaroo
Date:November 7th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I thought this was guy clothing?

I want to go to Japan.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I thought this was guy clothing?

I believe it is a special costume for female dancers called shirabyoushi. (I only know this because I read the manga Hiou Shirabyoushi.)

I want to go to Japan.

You're welcome anytime! <dusts off Hunter × Hunter icon>

...You know, I really need to hurry up and make these icons public. I've procrastinated quite a long time already...
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From:megory
Date:November 10th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
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I finally got to see the pictures...they are blocked on the school computer.

It looks as though it were a beautiful day for a parade. The shots are great.

It would probably be fun to watch the video sideways...y'know, you just tilt the head.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 11th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
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It would probably be fun to watch the video sideways...

Okay, if you don't mind doing that, then go ahead. I posted a link to the movie file.
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From:megory
Date:November 12th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, that was fun to watch. I also loved hearing the child's exclamations and the parent responding. It's really nice getting the sound with it, almost like being there.

What a beautiful day!
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