I meant to post this several months ago, but never got around to finishing it until now.
On Sunday November 15th 2015, Komae-Shi had a festival (まつり, 祭り) in the morning and afternoon hours. I wandered around for a bit, but I of course hanged around the food for the most part.
The weather forecast expected it to rain all day, but fortunately the sky cleared up for the event. Despite this miracle it had already rained all morning which caused the minor nuisance of the Komaedaiichi Elementary School field having become very muddy. As a result my nice dress shoes got dirty.
Matsuri's are Japanese festivals that have many stands that sell food and toys and usually there are some games as well.
One such game at this matsuri was a variant of the game called Goldfish scooping (きんぎょすくい, 金魚掬い) where one tries to catch as many fish as possible until the paper scooper (ポイ) breaks. At this matsuri the fish were substituted with bouncy balls. Bouncy balls are called Super Balls in Japan so therefore this version of the game is called Super Ball scooping (スーパーボールすくい). I didn't play this time around, but in the past I have played the original Goldfish scooping version which is even more challenging because the fish avoid the scooper and once caught they are likely to flop around which increases the risk of breaking the paper scooper. Regrettably I didn't take a photo of the stand, but this image hopefully gives the general idea.
Another game at this matsuri was Bingo. I didn't participate in this game either...
I haven`t posted anything in awhile so here`s a bunch of photos of random things.
There's no denying I like food. I'll try to avoid making my blog fill up with only pictures of food. Which I can totally see happening.
Above is a picture of an Indian Curry called Butter Chicken Curry (Batā chikin karē, バターチキンカレー) that I ate Wednesday near the Nakano Campus.
Usually curry restraunts will allow patrons to select a spice level. These are some of the choices that may be available:
At Japanese curry chains like CoCo ICHIBANYA (CoCo壱番屋) they will instead allow patrons to select from a spice scale consisting of the numbers 1-10. The curry at number 10 being the hottest level and will almost be completely black from all the spice ingredients. Unfortunately in Hawaii (maybe other states?), CoCo ICHIBANYA does not offer the varying spice levels on the menu.
This Indian Butter Chicken Curry was good, but I still prefer Japanese curry. My new favorite curry though is actually the Pakistani Chicken Karahi Curry (Chikin kūrai, チキンクーライ) or sometimes called Gosht Karahi Curry; sorry, no picture.