What's Happening Now?

Coming up on Pacific Islander:

August -

* Itako City Gion Festival

* Suva, Fiji - special event

* Kashima City Bon Dance

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Obon poster at our local temple showing ancestors making their annual visit guided by bon fires. (Riding on cucumbers? I guess that represents the offerings left for them.)
UPDATE: I've learned that an old tradition during Obon (the Buddhist holidays when ancestors are said to visit) is to make horses and cows out of cucumbers and eggplants, using hashi (chop sticks) for the legs. These are offered so that the ancestors can ride these animals home for the Bon visit.

* A 9th century Buddhist temple which I've never shared before.

* Kashima City Fire Works

September -

* 9th - Hyakuri Airbase Air Festival featuring the JASDF Aerobatic Team "Blue Impulse"

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Blue Impulse

Oh, yeah!

and as they say on late night TV, "and many, many more"...

Trivia: Comedian Flip Wilson (1933 – 1998) used to do skits on his TV show as Reverend Leroy, minister of the "Church of What's Happening Now!"


ladybug said...

Gosh you're ambitious, I still haven't put together our San Francisco scrapbooking pages from Spring Break!

But it all sounds very interesting, and of course I can't wait to read them all!

Love the pic of the cucumber riding ancestors, suffice to say mine would be riding a turnip (the Irish), some hideous concoction of Haggis (the Scotch), a teacup (the English), a croissant (the French), a beer keg or a broom (for the German) and a Salmon (Native American).

Come to think of it, I may need an air traffic controller...

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Coming up in Suva? You mean the Hibiscus Festival? They are all in a tizz because of the strikes and changing the school holidays - bringing them forward because of the teachers' strike. No holiday pay now.
Meanwhile life goes on, fund-raising bazaars are still held and people get by on pancakes made with flour and water for breakfast.

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - when it rains it pours. A lot of things going on this month for sure.

Your Obon feast sounds delicious, but watch out for flying saucers.

Wendy - shhh. it's a secret.

QUASAR9 said...

Go, Go reach the heights

QUASAR9 said...

Awesome top pic.
Maybe it is all myth
but we forsake custom & tradition at our own peril
I think we really have broken the link - from the time Heaven & Earth were one
Aristotle left us only with what is below - with what we can measure and 'see'
But tell me which instrument can measure imagination, which instrument can measure dreams.
Sure we can measure the brain activity. but we can never hope to see what they see -
and sometimes it is impossible to express or to paint what is in our heads, the music, the thoughts or visions that only artists can portray or perform

Swinebread said...

Riding on cucumbers... That seems like something Hayao Miyazaki would do.

busy busy

Pandabonium said...

Quasar 9 - those are words of wisdom. Particularly in the west, we do seem to embrace a false dichotomy between our spirit and our flesh rather than experience the universe in a holistic way.

Swinebread - right up his alley. Much of Miyazaki's work is grounded in traditions as you know.

I have learned that in old days, people would make model horses and cows out of cucumbers and Japanese eggplants, with hashi (chop sticks) for legs. These were offered for ancestors to ride home on during Obon.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Nuts...the Blue Impulse air show conflicts with my school's foundation festival.

Too bad they can't do a flying cucumber air show...or an Ice Cucumber Pepsi one...

Pandabonium said...

Moody- wasn't that the day you were going to call in sick?

Right here on our shoow, the "Flying Cucumbers" will dazzle you on the trapeze....

bonnie said...

Hm, there's a chance I may have more cucumbers ready to pick than I know what to do with.

Never would have thought of making horses out of them. Good thing I read your blog!

Better that than quiche, yeah?

Well, I'm not going to worry too much about my cucumber surplus until I get out to the club tonight & see if anything's left standing after that storm we had!

Now what I used to love making animals out of was those little ironwood cones. Did you do that when you were a kid?

Pandabonium said...

Bonnie - well, I was in my 20's when I moved to Hawaii, so didn't make things from ironwood cones. Had one of those trees in my front yard though and it ruined my waterline. It was tough work to cut through those roots to lay a new line! Ironwood is aptly named.

Around here folks would pickle those cucumbers.