This weekend, I went to the Akimatsuri (Fall Festival) at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens with Alyssa from In the Wabe. Despite gross weather on Friday and Saturday, Sunday was luckily sunny (almost too sunny, actually) and perfect for our trip. I already posted a ton of photos that I took during the Spring Festival, and since autumn and spring are very similar in Texas, many of the photos I took proved too redundant to post here. So check out the old entry for more!
During this trip, we managed to catch a tea ceremony demonstration. For those who saw my Tea Ceremony post last March, you may notice a difference in décor (see photo below). In Japan, household decorations and tableware are rotated with the seasons; in fall, the color palette of flowers and scrolls is much more subdued.
The koi fish were as large as ever – some of them are seriously as big as my dog!
I saw a few of these trees around that I don’t recall seeing last time, and I can’t find anything on the web about them (mostly because I don’t know what to search for)! Does anyone know about these trees that grow towards the ground?
Finally, we saw the Taiko drummers (Mark and I missed them in the Spring)! Taiko drumming is as much about the drums as it is about the drummer’s body movement – so watching them perform was really a show. And the drums are so baritone, I could feel it all the way in my core!
EDIT: Alyssa has uploaded her photographs here – and they turned out incredibly well, so don’t forget to check them out! ♥