Bento lunches! One of the pictures is upside down- I didn't realize the bento was upside down when I took the picture. But you can see the price in the lower right corner- 398Yen. That is roughly $4. Talk about cheap and yummy! I admit- I did not eat all of the seaweed looking stuff- but I ate just about everything else. It had a fried fish fillet, salted salmon, some sort of dumpling, a chicken nugget and tamago (egg omelet I mentioned before.) They have the best chicken nuggets here. I am not a big nugget fan- but I love them here. Of course I had to top off my lunch with a Caffe Latte from Mt Rainier. I am not sure if the coffee is really from Washington state- but who cares- it is good! I bought this particular bento at the grocery store- but they can be found everywhere. 7-Eleven carries them and will make them to order. Did I mention that there are 7-Elevens and AM/PMs on every corner? That is not an exaggeration either!
Festivals, street fairs- whatever you want to call them. They seem to spring up spontaneously- but I am sure there is much planning involved. This particular one was last fall in Yamato (I may have posted pictures of this before?) We had no idea it was there- we just happened to come across it stepping out of the train station. What a nice little detour. We found all kinds of food, drinks (beer) and dessert. Sister enjoyed her chocolate covered banana on a stick. It was good- but I am used to the banana being frozen- so I was surprised when it wasn't. The last picture is a Japanese tea ceremony.
I am sure I will have more festival pictures to share in the future. There will be a big cherry blossom festival next month I believe. I can't wait!