A ton of stands had these massive beetles you could win for the games. I opted for the goldfish game.
This float was gearin’ up to make it down the street. We also saw a bunch of smaller floats that wouldn’t have people in it, but would have like 20 men carrying it. These ornately painted wooden boxes are portable Buddhist shrines called omikoshi. They’re typically public treasures that date back hundreds of years.
Maebashi Fireworks over the Tone River.
My first okonomiyaki experience! So, okonomiyaki is this sort of Japanese style potato pancake. Just like in the US – you’ve got your basic ‘pancake’ base, and then you throw any kind of toping in you please. Although they were far from my famous banana chocolate chip pancakes – it was just as delicious. Typically it’s got cabbage, spring onions, and some meat in it – but really all is fair game. I’m not really sure, but I think ours had onions, peppers, ham, carrots, and of course the mayo topping drizzled over it to boot. Then you just mix it all up and fry it on both sides. Mmmmm.
Takoyaki is another big festival and really, everyday food. It’s a type of potato dumpling. The process goes: pour the basic batter, mix in the octopus, cook ‘em up on one half, use intense chef skills to separate and flip over dumplings with two mini spear thingys, make sure other side is cooked, put on 3 to a stick and use what looks like a paint brush to baste with soy sauce. This was probably the most disappointing food so far. Really bland taste and totally creepy texture.
And we’re ready for our Japanese festival feast – complete with a side of fried chicken on a stick for good measure.Isesaki Fireworks: kind of a big deal
A clip of the fireworks from the first festival we went to literally a week after arriving in Japan: Takasaki Festival!