2008 POWELL STREET FESTIVAL

I couldn’t stay long enough to see everything that the festival had to offer, but while I was there, it was time well spent at Oppenheimer Park where Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage were being celebrated (click here to read the festival’s official mission). The festival runs until today (Sunday August 3rd).

Japanese Instrument
Traditional Japanese music (can someone tell me the name of this instrument?)

Tug Of War
Different activities are available for children

Beads
Fabulous Japanese glass beads (called “Tombodama”) designed by artist Minori Takagi

Procession?
Forgive my ignorance, I don’t know what this thing represents and what the ceremony was for (anyone?)

Japanese-Style Umbrella
Japanese-style umbrella (what is its official name?)

Taiko Group Pic
Group pic with a cheerful Japanese man

Food Court
Food section

Rock & Roll
Punk Rock band Riff Randells (in English)

2008 SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Irish Clovers Flag
Luck of the Irish?  Those clovers don’t have four leaves! :p

This year’s Saint Paddy’s Day Parade was better than last year’s.  The highlights for me were the energetic Irish dance numbers — more plentyful than last year — and a strong Asian presence in traditional costumes which brought grace and beauty to the parade.  As far as improvements go, adding some music to the sports portion of the parade might make things a little livelier and, I can’t seem to figure out those bagpipes…  They all sound the same to me; I’ll try to listen more closely next year. ;)

The organization of the event was great.  No real delay and a very respectful crowd — thanks to the alert volunteers patrolling the event — made this a very enjoyable 90+ minutes of Celtic inspired fun.

Dance Steps
Celtic Dance

Graceful Asians
Simply divine beauty, elegance, and passion emanating from her

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound

Pushing the Ambulance
Helping the one who usually helps others :)

Music Junkies
Celtic music


Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) practicioners

Beautiful Asian
Pretty in pink