2019 Japanese Festival

Yesterday we went to the St. Louis Greek Festival, but on Saturday, we were at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden…Labor Day weekend is a good time for multi-cultural experiences in St. Louis!

This was the third time we attended the Japanese Festival, so we knew to look for some of our favorite performers, including the amezaiku artist and the top spinner:

We also got to watch an ice carver make a beautiful bird out of a huge block of ice:

There is always so much to see around the garden during the festival!

We didn’t have a full meal while we were there, but we did visit the food court, and shared some steamed pork and egg buns and sakura lemonade while walking around:

For the first time, we got to see a fashion and cosplay show…Kirby was definitely my favorite!

We also caught the parade, which seemed shorter this year.

But the biggest attraction was the sumo wrestlers. It’s been years since they had a sumo demonstration at the Japanese Festival, and we’ve never gotten to see anything like it before…it was really cool, and I’m so glad we were there!

This is definitely one of our favorite annual events in St. Louis!

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