Saturday, June 18, 2016

Laos Festival in Yoyogi Park 2016 / ラオスフェスin代々木公園 2016

Another two weeks and yet another festival.  This one where my friends and I would gather to eat, drink and be merry!  As I mentioned previously, my friends and I used to gather at the Thai Festival.  But the Thai Festival has become too popular and too crowded, it just wasn't fun and relaxing anymore.  So this year, we all decided to gather during the Laos Festival.  My friend Suga and I have a sentimental love for Laos.  It was his first trip outside of Japan and it was also my first visit to Southeast Asia.  A journey I will never forget. Suga and I went early to claim a spot before our other friends would show up.


Me and my wife and my friend's daughter, Rino.  I of course am indulging in Beer Lao Dark.

僕と妻と友達の娘、莉乃ちゃん。 僕が飲んでるのはビアラオダーク!

You see, we can enjoy Thai food here at the Laos festival.  Heck, the countries border each other and the cuisine is similar. But this was Lao style yakisoba.


Fried spring rolls with shrimp.


There is someone singing on the stage.


Let the eating begin!


Beerlao Gold?  Made from rice?  You know I'm going to have the try that.


What would a Laos Festival be without Beerlao?


This guy is busy making our tom yam ramen.


Man, this was so good.  I think I may have made a little too spicy though.


Something to add to my burger photo album, the Lao Larb Burger.  What's larb?  Apparently pork.


And stir-friend morning glory again.  Yep, ate it at the Thai Festival as well.


I hope you don't think I ate all these dishes on my own.  Friends have been turning up and we've been sharing.


Someone is eating a huge dessert of mango shaved ice!


It's Rino!


The Beerlao Gold was pretty good.  Yep, of course I had one.


You see, I told you there was more than just me eating the food.


Our friend Uccchi from Odawara was had come to the festival with his Odawara friends and coincidentaly had set up their territory right next to ours.  Ucchi had been eating and drinking there for about a half-hour until he realized his Tokyo friends were right next door.


Gan-chan and Ai / 岩ちゃんと愛

The sisters from the Odawara group taught me a new game.


Our friend Ucchi on the left.


Time for a standard Beerlao as well.


Did someone say bring more food?


My friend Ai went in search of this snack - fried bananas. 


If this dish looks similar to the one pictured above, thats because it is.  I thought I would order some Poo Phat Pong Curry (Thai Crab Curry) only to discover someone else did so as well.


Playing more games.


Oh no, Ucchi got turned into a toy!


The little boy was from yet another group. I believe that is his mother pictured on the left.


Poor Ucchi.


What?  Someone bought more food?


Gan-chan / 岩ちゃん

He was popular with the kids too.


If you look closely, you may spot Gan-chan.


What the?  This looks more suited to the Okinawa festival as it is a can of Okinawa Pineapple Sour.


Something refreshing other than beer.


Wait!  We can't forget dessert.  This was an interesting style pumpkin pie.  It sure was good though.


Mango Ice Cream / マンゴアイス

Papaya Ice Cream / パパヤアイス

We had been here since 11am and it was nearing 5pm now, so it was about time to head home.


I was waiting for one more person to show up. Someone who I had become acquainted with on a Facebook page called "Planet Haafu" where the members are mostly have half-Japanese or has some kind of connection to Japan.  His name was Bruce and he was visiting Japan for two weeks. This would be the first time I would meet someone from the Social Network.

僕はもう一人の人を待っていた。会ったこともないんですけど、Facebookのグループページ「プラネット・ハフ」のメンバー。このページのメンバーはほんとんど日本人のハフや日本に関係する人たちです。僕もソーシャルネットワークで初めて会う人だ。 名前はブルースしかしりません。

Meeting Bruce from the [Planet Haafu] page on Facebook. We only had time to chat for a few minutes before he was off to meet somebody else while my wife and I were getting ready to head home.  But we will still be in touch on Facebook.


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