Ginkgo Festival (2004-12-08)
To celebrate the changing color of the foliage of the
ginkgo trees on Ichonamiki Street, a festival was held in
Mejijingugaien Park behind the street. There was no parade in
this festival, but a stage was set up for artists to perform
music. A big part of the festival featured stalls selling locally
grown and made products such as newly-harvested rice, pickled
vegetables and crafts. A number of food vendors also set up shop
there. Around us, people slurped hot soup, kids nibbled cotton
candy, couples chuckled as they munched on grilled chicken and elderly
people sat on benches and sipped green tea. The atmosphere in the
festival was lively and joyous as people spent a nice cool afternoon
with loved ones in the park.
While most people crowded in the market and food section, some took
a stroll over fallen leaves in the quieter wooded area. KL and I
on a rock under a tree to take in all the fun the changing season has
to offer. We also enjoyed watching a family play badminton while
their five dogs messed around near by.
Autumn always gives me a sense of melancholy but I did not feel it
at all that day. Good.
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