Japan Festival Boston

Today my friends and I met up at the Japan Festival in the Boston Commons.  I was hoping to see some dancers but we seemed to have timed it exactly wrong.  We did, however, see a lot of other fun things, so it was completely worth the trip!

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Many attendees dressed up to varying levels – from a mask or wig to full on cosplay.  Actually, wandering around in the crowd turned out to be my favorite part of the event.

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Resting for a minute to play a friendly card game!

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The woman on the left was manning a wish booth, where they tied wishes to the “tree” shown – I’m not sure whose booth it was; please let me know if you do!  On the right, was an older man who took a moment to teach a younger gentleman some of the basics of what I believe is Tai Chi.  Despite his age, he was seriously flexible and had incredibly muscle control.

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The unofficial martial arts corner, where some young men were showing off their skills to each other.  I stood and watched for fifteen minutes – I would love to be able to move like that!

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Candy Miyuki, who makes gorgeous candy art as you  watch – a most excellent show! I highly recommend it. (Her website is currently down; I’ll try to remember to link when it’s working.)

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And finally, as we were walking back to my car, we saw a line of Segueway-ers coming up the bridge and I couldn’t resist snapping a picture.

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