2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1 [Preview]

2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1 [Preview]: Fujima Kansei Odori

Strange weather, loads of sweets (and coffee), lack of sleep, and several run-ins with old and new friends; all have left me with little energy to stay up any longer, but the first day of Little Tokyo District’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is officially over and Day 2 is just a few hours away. Did all of the hype and months of postponement dry out the festivities, or were attendees fulfilled from getting the last bits of Summer leisure they could before the weekend comes to a close?

I’ll get around to more photos and coverage after tomorrow when I can muster more energy, so here are some teasers for you to gaze at for the mean time. Starting with the photo up top, we have a traditional dance, Fujima Kansei Odori, comprised of a large circle of people dancing with a select few donned in yukata.

2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1 [Preview]: Self-Conscious Kitty

Next up is the festival’s very own special guest. There’s nothing like a self-conscious guest-of-honor to confuse a poor fan.

2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1 [Preview]

Cherry blossoms aren’t really in bloom in Little Tokyo, so event organizers placed look-alike trees around the event lot.

2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1 [Preview]: Bike Racks for Bike Racks

We took a giant detour to fill our wallets with cash for the vendors at the event and stumbled upon these bike racks designed like bikes themselves. Creative! Also interesting is the tall signpost behind Allison; if you follow the sign to Nagoya in the exact direction it points, you’ll actually end up at Nagoya at some point.

In reference to my previous post regarding the festival, Anthony, Allison, and I were only able to see about three of the things I listed – Fujima Kansei Odori Kai, Ramen Tree + Choichi Kai, Harajuku Fashion Show, to name a few. But we had a blast running into some people we know from other events past and some friends we know (and made that day, in some instances). And the festival itself so far, despite a few suggestions for improvement, was pretty decent.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s itinerary and hoping for a continued positive direction for the events. Usually, the first of two days sets a nice bar for the remainder of the event, but I think there’s still a lot more room for improvement for the event organizers to build upon after our experience.

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