It's being held in and around Old Spitalfields Market , in view of the London Gherkin Building.
Here's an interesting fellow : he brews a belgian-type beer that has japanese rice in it to add to the flavour and he claims he does it in Belgium. I accost him immediately with the message that I'm from Belgium, know everything about Belgian beers and have never heard of him. He's not phased at all, haha.
I like his guts : Belgium is the kingdom of beer , it's like going to Japan as a Belgian and starting your own type of sake.
After a taste , I buy a sixpack. I actually ran into him again this year, he helps out at the Japanese Nagami Superstore in Brussels. If he could just lower the price a bit, he'd have a winner.
On the other side of the Market , the practioners of Kendo are gearing up.
Facing the sensei for striking practice.
Not a good strike though, you're supposed to hit with he bit between the white markers and dead center of the head. He's young, he'll learn.
Lovely kimono too!
Two koto's : I'm in heaven :)
You need to be supple to reach for the lowest notes.
Lovely butterflies on that taiko musubi ( the drumlike knot at the back).
Of course, you can't beat this little girl's Hello Kitty yukata when it comes to being kawaii !
New Ro Kimono on her blog )
Showing off the sleeves.
Huddling together before Winter.
That's all for 2010 . Now comes the long wait for the next one.