This past Saturday, we took a long train ride out to Suzuka in Mie Prefecture, with the plan of seeing the opening day of Suzuka Balloon Festival. Unfortunately, there was a breeze (literally, it was just a breeze) so the balloons could not fly. 😦 I did take some pictures while we waited around, though.
This is the river where the festival was set to take place.
They had one of the balloon baskets set up and were letting people try lighting the balloon torch.
There was a tiny little plane that flew around the field for a while.
Another shot of the plane.
On the upside, I *did* get to try a new shaved ice flavor – green apple. It was yummy.
We also saw this really cute grasshopper.
They finally announced that the festival was cancelled at 4 pm, at which point, we walked as fast as we could to catch the last express train back to Nagoya. (Seriously – it runs at 4:34!)
Yesterday, we hung out at home and typhoon-proofed our balcony for Typhoon 18, which, although it was supposed to hit us, luckily skipped right over! After doing that, we headed out to Takami’s house for dinner.
Takami’s cute nephew was over, and he made pancakes for us!
Takami made some yummy vegetable bread to go with the lasagna I made.
Here we all are at the dinner table.
Takami’s friend, Masayo, brought a delicious roll cake!
In restaurant food news, we ate at the award-winning Solo Pizza:
We both got the Margherita Extra STG and cappuccinos.
We also got breakfast at Eternal Cafe Saturday, prior to setting out for our failed festival. I got the Butter-Red Bean Toast Set. It was delicious!
Hopefully if all goes well, we’ll be heading out to see some fabulous nature next weekend!