aki matsuri

September 16, 2015

Every year around this time is Aki Matsuri, which is the Japanese fall harvest festival. There's a local festival not far from us, but it was too rainy to go. So we went to a grocery store that's also an Asian emporium and we picked up some paper lanterns for 49 cents each, and a mooncake - which is a sweetened dumpling/cookie sort of affair that has different flavors in the filling - we chose a jasmine tea flavored filling. There were big huge boxes of these mooncakes, with assorted fillings - some of the fanciest boxes sold for fifty dollars! Which is why we got ONE mooncake and cut it into three pieces.

Julia pulled out a lovely book that we got when she was about five, I think, called 'Japanese Traditions - Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri - A Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities'. That's quite a mouthful, eh? It's really adorable - the pictures all depict tons of darling cats and kittens, busily celebrating various Japanese holidays throughout the year.  I LOVE books about holidays in other cultures, especially if they are Scandinavian or Japanese, because as I've mentioned before, my innermost self apparently longs to be some kind of Scandi-Asian hybrid with a dose of  tea-drinking Brit thrown in for good measure.

The weather up and decided BOOM, now it's fall. Overnight, it turned into cardigan weather. Another blanket had to be put on the bed, and I bought my first pumpkin product from Trader Joe's. (pumpkin frozen waffles, if you'd like to know.) I've begun thinking of Christmas presents. I'm a little afraid of the impending grey, so I've been fantasizing a lot about how to really make my home more colorful. For me, the answer is always...more throw pillows! I feel like maybe I'm about to enter my Mexican folk art phase....




8 comments:

  1. That picture of the paper lanterns makes me regret (just a little) that we live in the boondocks, far away from Asian markets and 49 cent paper lanterns. And I love the cats in those illustrations!

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    1. Aren't the cats so cute? I feel fortunate to have access to both a British emporium, a Scandinavian grocery store and and Asian market all not-too-far from us. I don't get to any of those places very much, but even once a year or so is fun. Andrew squished one of the lanterns a bit and Julia was sad, and I was like - it's 49 cents! It's not that big of a deal!

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  2. That book is so nice. I really like the cats dressed up in their yukata :D This is such a fun festival, for kids and adults too! Your paper lanterns are so pretty.

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    1. thank you!! aren't the lanterns fun? i love ANY kind of paper lantern!

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  3. Ooh, Mexican folk art! Fun, fun, fun!

    I love that you do cool things like this with your little fam. You're so very international!

    xox,

    A.

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    1. that's because I'm a japanese-scandi-brit-parisian wannabe! or something. ;)

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  4. I wish we had a festival like this near us. Too cool. I know we have an all-encompassing Asian festival of some sort, but it's always some time when I can never go. This book looks darling.

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    1. i wish we had a scandi festival like the one you guys have!!!

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