Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cherry Blossom Festival

The rain finally cleared up, and just in time too, because the SF Cherry Blossom Festival is in town. My aunt, little brother and I piled in the car and made the drive out, enjoying the sun through the open car windows. I had never been to the Cherry Blossom Festival before, but I have always wanted to go, so I was really excited.

Turned out that it was nothing like I expected. Most street fairs tend to be pretty big, but this one was really really small and packed together. Most of the out door vendors didn't sell Japanese goodies, and we were feeling pretty claustrophobic the whole time. Because it was so small, folks were walking around like sardines, and parking was a nightmare.

But even though the crowds were insane, it was nice to see some of the cherry blossom trees littered around, and people flocking to take photos with them.

It was also really fun to people watch.

Since I live outside of the city, folks in my area tend to all look the same- save for a few black sheep here and there. But most college kids just mull around in sweats and hoodies.

It was refreshing to see some actual style on the streets today. A few women were wearing pants that were sort of similar to harem pants, except they were better tailored and in emerald green and zebra print. Where I'm from, the new spring color palate on pants just looks ghetto. But in the city, these ladies know how to dress it up. They were wearing beautiful billowing blouses and high chunky heels, with their hair coiffed in a professional way.

I was super jealous.

I just love people watching, and that's why I was so excited when I ran into a bunch of lolitas running around the festival. I've always adored lolita street style, and recently sold my own Baby the Stars Shine Bright dress to help bring in a little extra money. These girls were so cute in their pretty dresses.

Another high point of the festival was the freshly made mochi. I was always a bit on the fence about my feelings about mochi. I wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not... until I tasted it fresh. We bought both papaya and lychee mochi, and it was the tastiest thing in the world. It was just fluffy and sweet and so good. I'm probably going to put up a recipe now, just because I have to make it.

Though the festival was a little bit too crowded for me, walking around through the cutesy shops, seeing the pretty lolitas, and eating fresh mochi pretty much made up for it. I don't know if I would go out of my way to come again, I think it's a good experience if you already live in the city, but it's not really worth commuting to.

I hope you all had a lovely Saturday, and that you got some nice fresh air.


  1. Oooh, that looks like a lot of fun!

    Courtney ~

  2. Thanks so much. ans that looks so cool! :)

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  5. How fun is this! it looks gorgeous! :)
    xo, elle from Living in Color.