Monday, August 8, 2011
Fireworks and such.
Summer in Osaka has been so much fun, and being on holiday is lovely, even if I'm staying in the city.
On Saturday, everyone dressed up in yukata to see the Yodogawa Fireworks, by the river of the same name. Fireworks are called Hanabi 花火 in Japanese, and they're a prominent part of traditional Japanese summer festivities. In fact, Japan has more fireworks displays than any other country in the world.
On Sunday, we had a BBQ in the park, riverside, celebrating the wedding of our coworkers and friends. It was a long, lazy summer afternoon, filled with grilled foods (items such as hot dogs and hamburgers, as mundane as it sounds, but I had not eaten those in two years), lots of sun, and lots and lots of drinking. It went on well into early evening, and it was just one of those really memorable summer days, that left me completely exhausted but suntanned.
As for my holiday, I'm supposed to be cleaning and packing, but I have been lounging about all day eating grapes and basking in complete non-productivity. It feels so great, and oh, I finally got a haircut and shed some of my lion's mane weight (I still have massive hair, granted). Even though we have tons of English-speaking hairdressers geared towards foreign customers in Osaka, I always choose Japanese stylists- I get to practice my Japanese, and I'm always happy with the results.