I really enjoyed hanging out with friends at the Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo for Nisei Week. You can read more about Tanabata and the decorations here and here. Tanabata is the one day a year when the lovers Hikoboshi and Orihime can be together. Normally they are separated by the Milkyway (the heavenly river). The big octopus-like streamer decorations (Fukinagashi) are the fabric that Orihime weaves. It’s also a holiday where people “wish for skills” on slips of paper.
This is my birthday weekend so it was really fun to be able to go out with a big group of friends and enjoy a festival.
I wore my new yukata that I made recently out of some beautiful stash fabric I had sitting around for probably about 8 years. I love boldly striped kimono but I don’t have hardly any so I was very happy to wear this. I also am wearing a removable lace collar and a hot pink heko-obi combined with my normal yukata obi.
We brought our twins with us for a while. They had new yukata, too! They were a present from our friends Derek and Crystal. This is me and Miss R.
Sheyne and Miss J.
Mitch and Miss R.
My friend Derek and his adorable daughter Kaelyn enjoying the fukinagashi decorations.
We even had time to do purikura (fancy photobooth photos)! First purikura for the babies!
I got to introduce my friend Crystal and her crazy adorable 2-year old daughter to purikura, too!
Okonomiyaki! We ate lots of delicious street food! I had a green tea donut, some cold soba noodles and all kinds of stuff.
Michelle, Miss R and me.
Alcuin, TrueMee and me. TrueMee made the Star Wars and Captain America yukata they are wearing!
Can you see the babies in the back?