Tanabata

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Yesterday we reprised last year's Tanabata matsuri festivities with MJ & Yoshi. I brought my DV camera; Tod carried his new D-70 digital camera. Dressed in men's indigo jinbei (traditional loose jackets with shorts), we captured the festival thoroughly and probably turned a few heads--henna gaijin (weird foreigners) wearing Japanese clothes.

I hoped to make a short film about Altair and Vega, the stars of the matsuri, but Tod declined to be my leading man. Still, I shot a lot of footage and you'll see a brief documentary, "Scenes from Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata," on Wednesday the 7th, the actual date of Tanabata.

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I wanted to make TANABATA decoration with a bamboo trees for kids.-- but I coudn't find any bamboo trees around my house. SO we decorated a pole of the entrance with lots of TANZAKU. Some girls worte on their TANZAKU --like that "I want to be a bride!" -- It is cute.

Apologies for not making it to Tanabata.. I was coughing up.. nah you don't need to hear the gory details. Hope you had a good day.

Looking forward to the footage! :-) BTW, How dows Tod like the D-70? Dave would love to get one for our next trip to Japan (2005 for the World's Expo)! :-)

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