Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hanabi (Fireworks)

I tried to post this before we left for India but the video wouldn't load properly. So, i tried again today and was successful! I wanted to share this sooner but I guess better late than never, right?

Japan is a country that celebrates the seasons. In Fall, the Japanese celebrate the changing of the color of the leaves. With spring comes the Hanami, the viewing of the Cherry Blossoms. When the summer rides in on the wave of heat the Japanese celebrate with many festivals! One festival is the viewing of fireworks. And man, do the Japanese KNOW how to put on a fireworks show. It easily rivals what is seen in NYC or even Disney World. We were invited to celebrate with our friend, Tomoyu who we know from the gym we go to. The experience was fabulous!! I tried to capture as much of the splendor as my little Canon would allow but pictures just don't do the experience justice. The fireworks show lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes with a few breaks in between. ENJOY!



A couple of little Ladies enjoying the show. Notice the peace sign comes out at an early age! They were SOOOOO KAWAII (rhymes with hawaii and means CUTE!)


The crew enjoying the show! Tomoyu is the one next to me.


The ladies


Before it all begins


We are excited!


It was a SEA of people. This shot is MAYBE 1/4 of the crowd!



Here is a video of the fireworks action....FYI this is NOT the Grand Finale!!! In Jason's words (at the end of the video)....SUGOI!! (means AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, WOW!)

video

Saturday, August 23, 2008

We Are Safely Back!!

Well, we have arrived back in Tokyo!! It feels sooo good to be back. The trip to India was long and hard. I, Abby, got VERY sick. But the Lord was very good to provide all that I needed at the perfect times. I will write more about our adventure later and post some pics but for now I just wanted to put the word out that we are back! While we were gone there were some storms in Japan that we think may have fried our internet modem and we have to wait until Monday to get that fixed and tonight is Saturday. :( As soon as the internet in our apartment gets back up and running I will fill you in on all the details.