[Don't miss the video at the end of this blog!!]
Happy Chinese New Year! This weekend I had the opportunity to witness and explore the Lantern Festival in Nagasaki, and what a sight to behold! Not only were the lanterns plentiful, but so were the crowds. Luckily most people stayed pretty calm, otherwise the close proximity of everyone could have turned dangerous.
M and I got to Nagasaki a little after 5pm. We walked to Nagasaki's China Town and were immediately thrown into a mob of people walking both directions up and down the narrow strip, surrounded by shops, food stalls, and people waiting in lines to get into restaurants. We found ourselves walking around, ooooing and awwwing for about an hour before we met up with Z&A to go see the happenings at the park. Well, once we got to the park we ran into even MORE people, but somehow we pushed through enough to see the real action, if only by my camera (by putting it up over the crowd and video taping). I finally got to see the dance with the dragons, which was really neat to watch.
After enjoying a couple of street stall foods and eating a scrumptious Indian food dinner at Milan, we braved ourselves for the ride back home. There were so many people on the train and despite our best efforts, we still ended up standing over half the way home. However, this worked in our favor in that there was a tipsy business man who was very eager to talk to us/practice his English with...and share his sake and yakiniku (meat on a stick) with us and others around him. He was harmless and we definitely got a kick out of conversing with him. Not to mention, we met a nice young lady from Tokyo who spoke great English. She also told us that she had ALTs in junior and senior high school and that she thought it was a great opportunity to get to know/speak with foreigners. According to the older man, since Japan is a crowded island country, the opportunity to meet and speak with foreigners is very marginal -- he was happy that he got to talk to us that night. I was glad to hear that, especially with so much criticism about the program going around these days.
And now for a video of all the pictures/clips that I took. Enjoy!! :)