Sunday, April 19, 2009
Cherry Blossom Festival
The weather was actually starting to feel spring-like today, so it was a great day to get an unagi bento at the Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival. On the main stage I watched a karate demonstration in which a guy splintered long sticks by having them struck against his body. This was followed by 2 people playing a new Yamaha instrument called a violyre. It seems to be an electronic keyboard instrument that you play with a violin bow. It sounds like an electric violin, only worse. The emcee claimed that this was the 1st public demonstration of the instrument in the United States. Apparently black jumpsuits are required when playing it. I also saw an awesome car completely accessorized with Hello Kitty.