40th Annual Yomitan Festival

The blog has been a bit quiet this month, I am not entirely sure why other than that we have just been busy with life. I always feel like this time of year, regardless of how organized or how much I limit the holiday celebrations it is busy. I feel like things are sort of calming down, that is until December rolls around, eek.

Anyway, a few weeks ago we made it to the 40th Annual Yomitan Festival. I really wanted to do this last year but it didn’t happen so I was determined to make sure we did it this year. Sadly, my expectations were probably a bit too high, or maybe I have been to a few festivals that they just don’t wow me like they used to.

this boy was so kawaii but did not want me to take his photo!

this boy was so kawaii but did not want me to take his photo!

We arrived to the Yomitan Village Athletic Park late afternoon just after a rainfall which turned the clay grounds to mud which we were not dressed appropriately for whatsoever.

Matt & Eden trying out the chicken I mean fish

Matt & Eden trying out the chicken I mean fish

Of course the first thing we did was suss out all the food items. Matt purchased what he thought was chicken but turned out to be little fish (with heads still attached) and were very fishy. Eden, who usually loves festival food, wasn’t fan – that says a lot, after all this is the girl that will happily eat squid on a stick or pig cheek.

more food goodness

more food goodness

We made our way over to the big stage to meet our friends which is when we spotted a gorgeous rainbow! It is not uncommon to see double rainbows here and Eden is totally fascinated by them.

the stage

the stage

The performances on the stage were a mixture; some more our cup of tea than others all nice to watch/listen to. The girls were especially captivated by them all.

some performers; I would hate to have to wash their clothes after walking in all that mud!

some performers; I would hate to have to wash their clothes after walking in all that mud!

For dinner we decided to get a selection of a few different meals, one including a slice of pizza, which actually turned out to be a whole pizza so we didn’t bother getting anything else. Thankfully it was the most delicious pizza we have had on island freshly baked in a stone oven.

this pizza was amazing.  hands down the best pizza we have had on island

this pizza was amazing. hands down the best pizza we have had on island

The older girls then spent a good amount of time running around, while Clio was pretty taken with the flowers, stopping to smell and touch them all.

Clio loved the flowers so much!

Clio loved the flowers so much!

We had promised Eden could play one game, so when we wore tired of watching them run we reminded her that she still had money to spend. She found a game and won an incredibly annoying wand that lights up and plays a sound.

Clio insisted on one of these, she just couldn't decide which one!

Clio insisted on one of these, she just couldn’t decide which one!

Clio then decided she wanted a little blow up pull along animal toy. Unforuntaly she couldn’t decide which one she wanted. Every time we thought we had picked the one she would either change or her mind or we just got it wrong. After returning it 3 times we made her keep the blue koala. Which she then refused to hold.

Eden with her prize and huge bag of candy floss

Eden with her prize and huge bag of candy floss

As night fell we treated everyone (Eden) to a gigantic bag of candy floss (cotton candy) and watched the parade.

the boat during the parade

the boat during the parade

The parade consisted of this huge boat being wheeled with dancers in front and behind. I am not 100% what it was representing but it was cool even if it was quick. I couldn’t tell you what, if anything, happened after the boat because we decided it was time to go!

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2 responses to “40th Annual Yomitan Festival

    • Aww oki misses you too Kassie! It won’t be long until you have an even more exciting adventure to occupy your time with!

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