September 10, 2013

Harvest Moon Festival

(As far as I can discern, cocktail buns are not served with cocktails. And they have coconut paste inside of them. So they should be called coconut buns. I call them coconut buns.)

Ok welcome to a whole new scattered type of writing from Melissa. As if it couldn't get any worse, or convoluted. OH YES IT CAN, my sweet sweet friends. It can get much more worser!

I'm on a whole new level of scattered and I'm managing to get NOTHING done in the process! Trying to schedule/juggle photos and photo taking. Trying clean The Pit of Despair, aka my garage, which has been a hell hole of garbage since we moved into our house 6 years ago. And I had dairy about 4 or 5 times last week (i'm allergic to dairy) and now my skin looks like someone threw up on it. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But did I also mention that it's Harvest Moon Festival time? Or Mid-Autumn Festival? (it's not even autumn SO HOW CAN IT BE MID-AUTUMN??? It's like the Swedes with their Midsummer biz! What the what? Someone needs to explain these holidays to me, for the love of all that's holy.)

So anyway, we spent the weekend, not cleaning out closets like I wanted to, but first we went to have dim sum downtown (Julia wasn't even there, she went with her g-ma to go to a Native American Salmon festival. SO MANY FESTIVALS.), that was me, and Andrew and our pal Carl, who got married in this wedding, but you need more than 3 peeps to eat dim sum because otherwise it's too much food.

Then the next day we took Julia to a Japanese autumn festival we attended 2 years ago, and that was underwhelming. They just didn't have that much stuff going on. But the kimonos were INCREDIBLE and every time we go, Julia wants to know why she doesn't have one, and I'm like, I don't know where people get these things, and oh well.

But we saw Hello Kitty and that made everything ok. As it so often does.

I have a Chinese holiday book to show this week as well, except the festival we went to was Japanese, and I'm wondering if they are celebrating the same festival? And one festival apparently happened in August and this one, the actual day is Sept 19th I think, but some lady said that the Moon festival is happening right now, so who knows what's going on. I sure don't.

I feel totally stressed out. #toomanyfestivals

12 comments:

  1. I love your photos! Dim Sum looks yummy and you are right; it takes 3 and more people otherwise you can't sample as much food.

    There are a few online stores that sells yukata for little girls. Not sure of the quality though because I heard real nice yukata cost a lot. Japanese have many autumn festivals but the Mid-Autumn Festival with the mooncakes is a Chinese/Vietnamese tradition. And the Japanese eat Tsukimi Dango and not mooncakes (http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/culture/middle-autumn-festival-in-japan.htm)

    I wished we had a Japanese festival here but we don't :( Those yukata look beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much for the link! I have a mooncake recipe in the book I'm showing tomorrow -- I might try it when I'm feeling more ambitious, I wish I had a mold for the cakes, they look so pretty that way!

      And thank you for explaining more about this autumn festival business, it's a whole lot of confusing if you ask me, but hey, I'll take any and all opportunities to celebrate autumn!

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  2. Wow. So many cool festivals. I need to do a festival look up in my area.

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    1. From what Julia says, I think the Salmon festival was the big winner! We should have gone to that one with her and g-ma! :)

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  3. I want to go to your festivals! I love your pictures. I don't know what Asian-American events we have around here. There are a few Mexican and Native American things to attend, and if we head out of town, Oktoberfest is coming up. I should pay more attention!

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    1. See now, I feel like your area has way more and better celebratory festivals! All the scandi stuff!

      I'd love to go to Oktoberfest, they have a big thing up in Leavenworth, that Alpine-esque village I profiled a few weeks back? But I think it's utter chaos, so I think we won't try and deal with all of that. I can roast a sausage at home :)

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  4. We just checked out Suki's Kimono at the library and it was really cute. It's about a japanese festival and a little girl who loves her kimono. My girls both want one now. So. let me know if you find out where to get them...

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    1. that sounds super cute!! must go find at library......

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  5. These pictures!!! wow! I want to attend the harvest moon festival! and I'm totally impressed with your ability to post amid the craziness that is life. :) well done

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    1. ha ha, well i tell ya. very very soon I'm moving to a 3 or 4 day a week schedule because the everyday thing is just too much right now! :) cuz it's not like my sweet bloggy pays me ANY MONEY OR ANYTHING :) but I feel like I gotta keep up with it because it keeps me up with my photography.....:)

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  6. Okay, this is what happens when you read all the week's posts in one day, but what about a kimono for Halloween? Surely you would get on board for doing matching with that, right? You guys would looks like porcelain dolls!

    We haven't been to any festivals of note lately, unless of course you count the clean up the house festival?? Putting festival on the end makes is sound fun right? (IT DOESN'T!)

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    1. Miss Whitney, you are my favorite and my best. I love your kimono idea! Except I think now Julia wants to be a werewolf girl......:) (she changes her mind every other day)

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