2010年9月11日土曜日

a very big celebration for a very little festival

I have a senior student who really should write a boo. She has lived the most amazing life. Not famous amazing or incredibly successful amazing but living your whole life for your family and just doing everything day in, day out kind of amazing. Now that her children are grown and left the area, her 90+ year old MIL has passed away and her grandchildren don't come over as often as she'd like she thinks of all of us, her friends, neighbours and acquaintances. A while ago I mentioned Amy searching our (oak tree free) garden for acorns and she brought me in a whole bag of them she had collected to give Amy. She always collects the seeds from her salvia, marigolds, spinach and pansies and passes it on to others. She really does seem to enjoy helping people out.

And so when she invited my entire family- including the parents- over for her neighbourhood festival she was determined to have us over. I tried weaseling out- it was late, she had no time to prepare, the girls would likely be cranky, there are so many of us, my parents are not great with fancy Japanese food and can't sit on the floor for long periods etc etc etc she wouldn't hear a bar of it. Not a problem. Nothing at all was a problem. We must go.

And so we did. And the table was laden with enough food for an army, there were chairs out for my parents, there were juice boxes for the girls and games for them to play with, there was more food in the kitchen waiting to come out, there was wine and tea and top shelf beer and and and....

At 6:00 her husband went outside to keep an eye out for the float to come past. When it came into view we all went out to watch it go past. Yup, it. It was a tiny one float festival. We finished eating (gallant K ended up eating almost three whole boxes of sushi as my parents couldn't eat a lot of it) and headed up the road to the shrine to see the main event. Well, there was the one float again.... and 5 stalls including a free lucky draw for the residents of the neighbourhood and a display talking about Sakamoto Ryuichi. And that was it. It was a great fetival to show mum and dad the real small town small time festival atmosphere but I couldn't help thinking that the effort my student had gone to to celebrate the festival with us far outstripped the festival itself!

2 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

What an awesome senior student you have. She sounds like an amazing lady. I love hearing stories like this.

And how cute, a festival with 1 float. Living in small towns have lots of charm though. ; )

Semsavblanc さんのコメント...

This is what makes Japan so special - people like your student. It always brings a tear to my eye when I recall how so many people treated us like royalty in Japan. I will never forget their kindness and generosity - over the top goodness towards us!