The other Sunday, I spent the afternoon at a festival in the nearby town of Hitachitaga. The event is called Daidogei, and aims to feature street performances from around the world to promote internationalization. Even though the streets were narrow and it was a pretty small festival, it was very crowded because it must have been the only event going on that weekend.
On the way there, I had a bit of time to kill before my train arrived so I wandered into the little train station art gallery to see what was on exhibit this week. The elderly man behind the desk was super friendly, and turned out to be the artist behind the biggest painting on display. We talked for a few minutes and he rushed off to a nearby convenience store to buy us each a can of coffee! That was so unexpectedly nice of him!
After a short chat, I caught the train and headed off to Hitachitaga. There were the usual food stalls selling all the typical festival foods like yakisoba noodles and snow cones of various flavours. One very cool find, though, was lotus root chips! This was the first time I’ve come across these. There was also a very popular booth where a man was slicing up fresh sweet potatoes and deep frying them to make these massive, fluffy sweet potato fries. It was a simple little festival, but a nice way of unwinding and enjoying a laid back afternoon before heading back to work on Monday.