Over the weekend I attended the Cheery Blossom Festival in San Fransisco. Here are few pictures I took from the event.
The most popular food booth was the takoyaki balls (fried octopus). It's a combination of octopus, batter, and seasonings. I know it sounds strange but you're going to have to trust me on this one, it's the best.
From my understanding this is a Zen Buddhist Priest playing the Shakuhachi for meditation and alms. That's all I know about this.
Women performing a bamboo mat dance. Here's a video on YouTube that shows what they were doing.
I took this picture of the back of the kimono's to show the obi. Often you see the kimono from the front and never get to see the beautiful obi (sash).
Every year at the festival there's a room dedicated to Japanese crafts. The day I was there they were demonstrating Japanese embroidery. I like how the embroidery frame is set between two tables so the artists' hands can be free. It seems like it would be easier to use compared to the hand held hoop.
"Mom, don't look but I think Hello Kitty is standing beside me!"
Yes, even Hello Kitty was at the event, it was that popular.