Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival

This was the first weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival so we thought we’d go check it out and get some good eats. We were very lucky with parking but I don’t advise trying to park there next week, it’d be easier to take the bus or walk. We arrived around 12:30 just in time for lunch. We started with some spam musubi (sorry no pic) and a dozen takoyaki (although made from shredded beef instead of octopus).

We had some yakisoba and beef skewers before taking a break from eating.

We were lucky to see the contestants of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program in the crowd. Their program was on Saturday evening.

We wanted something a bit sweet and had the red bean paste filled cakes.

Super fresh!

Vicki as my food model 🙂

After lunch, we went to check out the booths and exhibits. We ran into my favorite celebrity…

and Ron’s favorite dog:

They’re having an actual show next week with the characters from Puroland with singing and dancing. I’m tempted to go but I’m not that obsessive!

Standing in front of the cherry blossoms at Peace Plaza.

We went to Hotel Kabuki to see their exhibits or origami, dolls, swords, and ikebana.

The last snack for the afternoon, deep fried mochi. I was expecting it to be sweet since it was at the shaved ice stand but it was a bit salty, there was some dried seaweed on top with a sweet soy. Again, Vicki is my food model 😛

The festival continues next weekend and the parade will be next weekend too. Don’t miss it!

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