There was a popular festival or matsuri in a nearby neighborhood, Azabu Juban, this weekend. We finally got there today - in the rain, but we had talked about these goldfish catching games and Nicholas was not about to let us forget to go. The neighborhood was decorated with paper lanterns and it was packed! Most everyone carried an umbrella which was a challenge in and of itself. Everything was on a stick! I felt like we were at the MN State Fair except here all of the vendors are hollering at you as you pass to buy their food. It was quite loud. Now we spent a fraction of the time there due to the rain and the crowd, but it was well worth it. We managed to eat a few things - chicken, beef, hot dog in some not ketchup sauce, awsesome fried potatoes, Kate may have sampled some seafood thing without knowing it, and chocolate covered bananas with sprinkles, all on a stick and some of these sticks were serious. We then spotted the turtle catching game - oh no. Poor Nick. Jack squashed that pretty fast - and I had to agree, but I felt badly. Nicholas would do anything for a turtle, so we had to tell him you weren't allowed to take them home, just catch them and move on...which we did until we stumbled upon the goldfish catching game. I had read about this and was skeptical. They give you two paper nets that pretty much dissolve in the water almost immediately, so your chances of catching one were slim to none. Fortunately, Kate caught one pretty fast, but Nick went through 4 nets with nothing but a lot of tears at the end. The guy gave him a consolation goldfish - thank god! Now as I sit here and type, I pray that Max and Bennie, swimming behind me in our water pitcher, make it through the night.