Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kintaikyo Matsuri

We walked on fire!

Today Melissa and I went to the Kintaikyo Bridge festival with her son Elijiah. It was a Japanese holiday today. We wanted to get there early so we could catch the fire walk ceremony at 9:10am. We watched the performance and was asked by one of the announcers if we wanted to do it, too. We decided we would try it! It was something we had never done before. I was a little nervous at first. I thought it would be very hot but it wasn't. Our feet were so black after walking over the ashes. We went to Kiko park and dipped our feet into the fountains to clean them. We had so much fun and we made a memory we will never forget!

During the fire walk ceremony, I called Eiko to join us. She met us at Kiko park, next to the Kintai bridge, to see the rest of the festival. Eiko and I stopped and did the tea ceremony together. It was 500 yen a person and they gave us a sweet and Macha and then we moved to the second area and had another type of tea and a sweet cracker. We had lunch at a restaurant near the bridge and then headed over to the Jyokamachi Flea Market.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Melissa & Elijiah

The Fountains at Kiko Park

Kimono Costumed Parade

Taiko Drums

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