This weekend I joined my friend Aiko for the Matsuri Festival in downtown Phoenix. I was glad to have my Japanese friend to interpret all of the art, Kendo, Taiko drums, food and more. Japanese culture is so beautiful! I am amazed at the art, meaning and excellence that can be found in folding paper, self-defense, fish and calligraphy. It is a culture I am excited to explore more and have even made a deal of sorts to visit sometime next year. (You’ll have to ask Aiko for the details!) I’ve been reading my great-aunt Ethel’s accounts of her time working in Japan. She spent almost a year exploring the countryside and cities. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the same places she did!
As you can see from the pic, I had fun at the festival!