Monday, August 23, 2010

A WEEKEND OF CELEBRATIONS

A busy, busy weekend...

  • friday was my mom and grandma's birthday (my mom was born on her mom's birthday).  family and friends stopped in to say "hello"... my cousin brought over a delicious cake from elvin's bakery...stawberry shortcake to be exact:
  • on friday night we celebrated the spirits of our ancestors-- with friends at the bon dance in my hometown.  in hawaii we celebrate obon season from june through august.  with various temples hosting a bon dance each weekend.  the temple that held the festivities is right down the street from my house.  I have been going to it every year since I was born!

young and old dance in circles around a high wooden tower (bandstand) called a yagura -- some wear traditional japanese costumes, some wear "happi coats" -- short jackets, and many dance in regular clothing.  it was packed-- the food lines seriously took an hour...




we ended up going again on saturday night.  em kept saying dance, again...dance, again!
  •  on sunday we had a birthday lunch for my grandma at assagio's.  the cake my aunty ordered was hilarious.  you'll see why:

who's "granda", and why do we have her cake???  haha.  



another fun, but busy weekend...

9 comments:

JessT said...

LOVE!!!

Hearthandmade said...

lol that cake is funny... but i had to read the post fully cuz in northern ireland we say Granda (well.... i say we... Colloquialisms) for Grandad.

"houl on til i ask muh granda"

"hold on until i ask my grandad"

see? lol

Tiffany said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Love the photos, especially the obon ones.

Maria Isabel said...

I love the picture of the lamps, its so cool!

Rachel M said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Your daughter is such a cutie. I love her Hello Kitty kimono top! :)

Lindsay said...

I love that the cake said Granda. That will be a great story for years to coome.. and like.. i want a piece!! so yummy both of those cakes!!
xoxo,
Lindsay

Creepy Jen said...

great pictures of the bon dance lanterns. marc looks tired in the last picture. haha

jo_annie said...

JESS-- wish you could have come with us!

CLAIRE-- LOL!! So funny. thanks for sharing that!

TIFFANY & MARIA-- the lanterns are my favorite part of obon season!

RACHEL-- thanks! a coworker who is from japan bought em jay that kimono top. it's authentically japanese!

LINDSAY-- haha! so true...great story. I'll send some cake right over... =)

JEN-- marc looks tired because marc came home from playing cards at 6am then marc had to get up at 9am for the birthday party. =)

Creepy Jen said...

LOL. that sounds about right.