Monday, November 21, 2005

The Cyclamen Fair • シクラメン市

Last week was another big event in the Inakadate annual calendar. Last Saturday and Sunday was the Harvest Appreciation Festival and Cyclamen Fair. The parking lot around the village hall and community center was filled with tents each tent was contained a group of people offering some service or selling some product.

There was a little of everything, handicrafts, ready to eat food, fresh vegetables, blood pressure checks, eyeglasses salesmen, mochi, rubber boots, and winter coats. And then the main attraction of the day was the cyclamen sale. It wasn't too long ago that I didn't even know what a cyclamen was, but now I live in a village where this flower is raised and celebrated in an annual festival. They floor of the village gymnasium was filled with red, pink and violet cyclamens for this event. It was quite a sight to see.


I have participated in the festival as well, putting forth an International Exchange Corner with some simple displays and a quiz about the United States. Happily quite a few people have stopped by and taken the quiz and even more happily, many people seem to have known the answers. Many of the children that I teach at the elementary schools in particular have stopped by to say 'hello.'

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