I wanted to bring my son Bryan with me since tanabata is a festival that is good for children (origami and making wishes!) but unfortunately he would have been very cranky and impatient, since my friends and I had planned on attending tea ceremony at the festival. I was glad that he stayed home, as I didn't see many things at the festival that he would have enjoyed, he is too young. There were a few children at the garden, but not many. So instead, I made some origami decorations at home with my son - and he crumpled up some balls of paper!
I wore my new yukata I just made (from my previous posts), and dressed it up with a rose on the back of the obi bow, and a polka dot scarf "obiage"
|Attempt at self pictures to show the polka dot scarf. Glad I got a photo of myself before I sweated all of my makeup off!|
|I wish I had a thin obijime to bring the look together! I liked the bow, it made me feel a bit like Minnie Mouse!|
We had such a great time, and my brother took a lot of photos!
|Tanabata decorations outside the garden gates.|
|Cute origami decorations! The paper strip says "Tanabata".|
|We took a few photos with the decorated bamboo before heading into the garden.|
|Katie and I|
|I brought some of the decorations I made at home to hang on the bamboo|
|I made a strand of cranes to make a wish for my family|
|And I made a kamigoromo (paper kimono) to wish to improve at my sewing|
|Katie, Tysen, and I arrived early, so we began walking around the garden|
|The beautiful tea house|
|The ladies were getting ready for a tea ceremony. The woman in blue recognized us from the kimono fashion show we went to recently!|
|The Japanese irises are in bloom!|
|Carefully walking across rocks. This was the most fun for me! My susoyoke only allowed me to take dainty little steps, so I had to hop across a few stones that were farther apart than others. I felt like a little kid!|
|That was fun! Is it bad that I just wanted to hop across rocks the whole time?!|
|Interesting how my yukata makes it look like I've changed my outfit from one picture to the next.|
|Looking out it the pond, watching a koi fighting to swim through the lily pads.|
|Such a perfect atmosphere to enjoy wearing yukata!|
|Watching turtles swimming in the water|
|It was very sunny and hot, we were glad we brought parasols!|