SMS made a delicious dinner of chicken soft tacos (California is getting closer) and an assortment of Japanese mini-cakes. I opened my presents and cards from my well-wishers (ha ha, but in seriousness, thanks Mom & Dad, Rip & Linda and Marty!). SMS bought me The Smitten Kitchen cookbook and a pair of hiking boots, which he had given to me prior to our Jogasaki trip. I also had fresh flowers greeting me when I got home. Overall, it was a great day and even though I'm starting to get to the point where I don't exactly want to disclose my age, I'm still very happy and appreciative of what has gotten to me to this point in my life.
|From L to R: Yokohama Outfield Section, Swallows fans, beautiful tulips outside the stadium|
Afterwards, we walked down the canal by Hinedocho and admired the cherry blossoms. I've been calling the end of Sakura season for a few days now but I'm glad I was surprised by a final gorgeous display.
|From L to R: The main shrine, interesting lawn ornament, self-appointed traffic director who shadowed |
the real traffic control men- they were not as interesting to photograph!
Sunday was the day that SMS was determined to rally for because it was the Kawasaki Fertility festival, aka the Penis Festival. This blog has a pretty comprehensive post about the festival, including its "demonic" origins. We had a great time. It was crazy crowded and at one point, we tapped out so we could seek shelter from the rain but since our timing coincided with the heaviest rain of the day, it was perfect.
|The three floats|