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10 December 2008 @ 03:52 pm
 
School festivals are a big deal in Japan. Most schools (Elementary through college, I think) have them at least once a year, and there's usually tons of food, games, music, etc. At Kansai Gaidai's most student groups and clubs, plus groups and clubs from nearby high schools, had food booths, plus there was music going all the time and performances in various parts of the school. The festival went from Friday through Sunday. The Japanese students actually had class off on friday (though the foreign kids didn't), but we ended up eating both lunch and dinner at the festival Friday, plus dinner on Saturday, and lunch and dinner on Sunday. And we still hadn't tried everything by the end of the weekend.




They had really adorable signs advertising various food booths. Although advertising pork with a cute little pig seems a bit suspect to me...






Vicki got a little cut out of this picture, unfortunately, but all of us wandering around looking for lunch on Friday. (It was October 31st that day, hence my halloween hat.)




The people trying to sell food would also just come up and accost you until you forcefully walked away or bought something from them. It was hilarious because, seeing we weren't japanese, they'd try to use this weird mix of English and Japanese with us to make us buy whatever we were selling. Liv and I were sort of suckers, too, so if they were really enthusiastic we'd feel bad and end up buying whatever they had.

Except one time we told a guy we weren't hungry, and maybe we'd come back later. Which had become our standard response (gomen, onaka ippai! ato de, ato de!) but instead of just saying okay and leaving us alone this guy says, in all seriousness, "really?! You'll come back later and buy from me, definitely?" We sort of back away slowly, going "um, maybe?" and then hurry off before he can catch us again. But then an hour or two later suddenly the same guy pops up in front of us. At this point Liv is holding a hot dog or something, which the guy points to and yells "You said you weren't hungry! Why didn't you buy from me?!" so we're dying of laughter and sort of freaked out at the same time, and Liv ends up buying something from him so that we don't get killed by the crazy japanese yakisoba salesman.



This was the insanely popular tempura ice cream booth, which is basically fried ice cream and was delicious. I had green tea flavor.



They decked out the area outside the cafeteria for the festival, which ended up looking really cool. (They also at one point had a fashion show and karaoke contest here.)



I got tako-less takoyaki from my friend Kenji one day. (Tako is octopus, which I actually don't dislike, but this takoyaki was made with cheese and sausage and was really good.) Kenji is adorable, he's a japanese student, but is in one of my classes taught in English. He's apparently studying abroad in either chicago or pennsylvania next year.



Really hilarious booth selling bagels. The way you spell bagel in Japanese is Beeguru ("be" is pronounced "bay" and the second E makes the vowel long) which means sometims (and by that I mean often) Japanese people will accidentally spell bagle beegle in English, based off the Japanese word for it.






My friends Liv and Casey are in the archery club here, and helped out at their food stand for a while on Saturday. Vicki and I made sure to get plenty of photographic evidence.









The center for international education was also all decked out for the festival.




At one point my host family came as well, and I walked around with them for a while. A lot of the club people working various food stands had dressed up in bizarre/hilarious costumes for the sake of drawing attention to their group, and Rui and Mao, always in love with spiderman/anything that looks like spiderman, wanted pictures.






And since I had my camera out, Rui promptly stole it and started taking pictures. Apparently this is what I look like to my four year old host brother.




Also, we had lollipops that day, and Rui required that I take a picture of his funny colored tongue. (Mao needed a picture of her tongue too, even though her lollipop had been clear and therefore didn't turn her tongue any color at all.)