This weekend there was an International Festival in SeaTac and I decided to drop by. I have never been to Angle Lake Park and was surprised by the lovely beach right in the middle of town. On the slope leading down to the water were all the requisite tents with vendors of all kinds and food wagons with tempting dishes to taste. I did not buy or taste anything but I did look and enjoy. I have to admit the cube of food which contained all sorts of things rotting kind of turned me off the food on offer. It was a plea to moderation and recycling. The average King Country family throws away on average 477 pounds of food a year. But on to more pleasant things.
Beyond the bouncy house and slides were the event stages. A great jazz band was playing at the top of the hill. But what drew my attention were the Inochi Taiko drums. Three men and two women dressed in the traditional fashion for Taiko drummers were hard at work. And I do mean hard at work. The stamina and discipline it takes to master this art is phenomenal. They played a variety of percussion instruments, switching off with each other, sometimes while playing. The choreography of the switch off was planned and those who weren’t playing disappeared by kneeling down and becoming part of the background. The audience even got into the act at one point with a little contest.
Further on down the hill was Daedalus, a giant metal tripod with flags a-flying in the wind. This turned out to be a trapeze apparatus. There were three acts in the show I saw and each one was terrific. I just don’t know how they do those things.
I had other things to do so I was off. But I passed by someone with a giant sno-cone shaped like a flower. I thought that was pretty neat. Have a look. Off to lunch at South Center-some Chinese food.
I then had a brilliant idea. How about the Seattle Japanese Garden? It was a bright, warm, sunny day and it seemed the perfect thing to do. It had been on my list of things to see for a while now. So off I went. There were quite a few people already enjoying the serene atmosphere (except for the cars screaming by on the road outside), including families with small children who were, for the most part, also enjoying the garden. The bridge over the pond where you could feed the koi was a favorite place for the kids. There were also ducks and turtles to watch. The water was murky but the sun glittered on the backs of the fish as they came to the surface, creating watery fireworks.
There were numerous stone lanterns of various shapes and sizes, beautiful iris and water lilies, a babbling brook, benches for contemplation, views both near and far, stones with interesting shapes, patterns of light and dark cast by the sun, bugs to watch, birds to hear. I’ll come back again in another season. You should take the time to visit too, if you haven’t been there for a while.
I still had a neglected errand to take care of. My 10,000 year calendar is in a storage unit in Maine, too deep to reach on my recent visit. There was nothing for it, I had to spring for a new one. I have ba zi to read and this is crucial. Where to find one? Uwajimaya has a book store in the building. So off to the International District I go. The young girl I asked first had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. But she kindly offered to find out. I followed her upstairs and the person she asked knew exactly where to look. Speaking of looks she gave me a funny one. (What does she want that for, it’s in Chinese?) I actually had several to choose from. Why not pick up some goodies while I am here? You don’t know this but I love office products and they have great notebooks. I picked up a couple and some tasty treats as well,preserved plum and lemon. I love this store.
By now it is getting late and close to dinner time. Guess what I had? Mexican! Fooled you. End of the day. I’ll leave you with blue sky, red maples and sunshine.