The Higashi Village Azalea Festival, Okinawa

check out Eden's face...oh the excitement of chicken on a stick

check out Eden’s face…oh the excitement of chicken on a stick

Matt & I are doing a great job at crossing items off our bucket list at the moment, I hope we can keep the momentum going as we still have a long way to go to complete everything on it.

yum!

yum!

Last weekend, despite the rain, we made it to the Higashi Village Azalea Festival. As usual we weren’t prepared for the weather and when we got there and found the rain hadn’t eased I thought it was going to be a miserable experience.

how cute are these waffles on a stick

how cute are these waffles on a stick

Eden thought they were pretty good too

Eden thought they were pretty good too

As it turned out we had a great time, rain and all!

We initially sought shelter in a tent where they had a local band playing, and while we had no clue what the songs were about, they were really good and definitely got us into the mood for exploring, even in the rain.

Clio smelling the flowers

Clio smelling the flowers

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The food tents, selling your usual festival foods; chicken on a stick, waffles on a stick (covered with cream & sprinkles) and obanyaki are always a firm favorite for our family. We thought Eden would opt for a sweet treat since we had already eaten lunch in the car on the drive up, but she just loves that chicken on a stick.

so pretty, and so much fun hiding in amongst them

so pretty, and so much fun hiding in amongst them

Clio on the other hand thought the waffle was calling her name! Such a great idea, Matt & I are contemplating getting a waffle maker just so we can make these sweet treats at home!

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As we headed deeper into the azalea park the sounds of the band slowing fading away, the rain continued, although it was more a constant drizzle than a heavy downpour, thank goodness.

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we walked all the way over to here

we walked all the way over to here

The park itself is pretty big with lots of paths and trails to go explore the azaleas. We had so much fun hiding from each other or picking flowers off the ground (not the plants) and surprisingly no one slipped on the muddy paths!

Clio loved searching for flowers fallen on the ground

Clio loved searching for flowers fallen on the ground

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We walked the entire grounds, admiring the views from the top of the park, before making our way back to the start, where the food tents were.

a view of the food tents

a view of the food tents

a worker gave the girls a lollypop/sucker each...they didn't complain!

a worker gave the girls a lollypop/sucker each…they didn’t complain!

Of course after all our exploring we were ready to stock up on some more yummies. This time Matt opted for a huge snail, the girls shared a melon soda slushy; Clio’s first soda experience (we didn’t realize it was soda until we had paid for it) and I had not very nice potato on a stick thing.

sharing their slushy

sharing their slushy

While the azaleas aren’t my favorite flower on island, I did really enjoy the park itself and if it wasn’t raining I think we would could have easily stayed longer playing hide & seek amongst all the bushes.

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If you are following Matt on Instagram (@the_fun_01) you may have seen his post from that day of a flower with the caption “the rain won’t stop our family” and it sure won’t! We spent many years in England not doing things because of the weather that we are making a conscious effort to no longer let the weather put a damper on our plans!

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14 responses to “The Higashi Village Azalea Festival, Okinawa

    • Oh my gosh Kassie that dress is driving me crazy! She has a closet full of super cute (some never been worn) dresses and she picks this one. Every. Time.

  1. Fun. Think collapsible umbrellas would make a good gift for you guys. Clio is not going to be happy when she grows out of or wears out her gray dress.

    • lol Mr C, we actually own a lot of umbrellas (from our England days) and keep one in the car at all times, I am not a fan of them because I don’t have enough hands (pushing strollers/taking photos/holding kids hands etc) so never use one! Matt will use one sometimes but he also finds them a little bit of a pain! We do however have great raincoats that we always forget to bring with us! Eden has the same dress in a size 5 so I will be sure to pass that one along to Clio when Eden is done with it!

  2. i love your blog! I actually had found your blog a few months ago looking at your hong kong posts. You are a very talented photographer!!

    • Aww thanks Mickelle…have you been to Hong Kong?! I am really a self-taught hobbyist and really don’t know what I am doing when it comes to photography but I am having fun learning!

      • well you’re doing a great job! I have only been on a layover and pretty much just saw the harbor, so obviously I need to go back- and your posts were suuuuper helpful. so thanks for documenting 🙂

  3. A large snail? Ewwww… I appreciate that Matt is way more adventurous than I am! As always loved the photos. Very sweet!

    • Carrie! I am not even sure how I missed this comment. Yeah Matt is really good at trying new foods, in Cambodia he ate a crocodile burger!

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