The fireworks are held each year in Tomonoura and as always, it was incredibly lively and crowded. William was exited enough to add a new word to his repertoire: hanabi, or fireworks. We arrived early enough to get a parking spot, wander around the street stalls, and find a good spot to view the fireworks.
|William demanded a photo in front of this firetruck|
|Overpriced, unhealthy, but oh, so delicious!|
|This was my first time to see a chocolate and sprinkle covered banana stand|
|I thought these Anpanman candy covered apples were great. The lady in the background was busy|
making a Hello Kitty candy apple.
|Happy as Larry he was|
|and totally oblivious to the samurai father and son sneaking up on him|
There are a lot of different stalls that allow children to "fish" for toys. At this stall, you pay to get one metal hook attached to a short piece of twisted tissue paper. The object is to hook as many of these balloons without getting the piece of paper wet and losing your hook. Once the paper breaks, you must stop fishing, but until then you can keep whatever you hook. William got one balloon before he got impatient and ripped his hook off the paper for no reason. Maybe he is a bit too young for this game?
A similar game involves a little plastic hoop with rice paper stretched in between and a collecting bowl. You then try and scoop as many balls, toys, or whatever out of the water and into your bowl before your paper net breaks. There is an art to it: you need to work fast because the paper breaks down quickly once it is wet, but you can't get too greedy and scoop too much. Whatever you collect in your bowl before your net breaks you can keep.
This stand lets you scoop up goldfish with a paper net which I think is pretty sad.
|I thought this mom and her tiny little girl in yukata were so incredibly cute.|
|William, Rosie, and me|
|I think someone drew on its back because they don't naturally have white markings|
Rosie occupied herself by picking up rocks and trying to eat them, one of her all time favourite hobbies.
And puttering around the street stalls taking in all the new sights.
This was her first real fireworks show and I was curious to see how she would react to all the noise and lights. Thankfully, she shrieked in joy and clapped her hands as each firework boomed in the sky. The boys were always pretty mellow about fireworks when they were babies, so her overboard enthusiasm surprised me.
Looks like we'll have to go to more fireworks shows this summer!