Fall is coming...
Vancouver is a tough town to get into the culture - there is no Mardi
Gras level event that Vancouver is famous for, and many of the
instutions (Indy track) are spectator only type events. But it
turns out there are lots of event if you are willing to dig a little
and participate a bit. One of them is the Taiwanese Cultural
Festival held every year the plaza of nations.
Really, you are going for the food. Two years ago I went and
missed the oportunity of a lifetime - a stall was selling a book titled
"How to Date White Women" with a tall blond girl on the cover. I
don't know why I didn't buy it. This year I was secretly trying
to find this book - no sucess I'm afraid.
There were a few things I hadn't seen before. The
first was the demonstration of traditional arts. There was a
large collection of Bonzai plants from a number of different clubs
around Vancouver. The work was in general top quality and the
designs innovative. I've seen Bonzai in Japan, and Vancouver has
nothing to be ashamed of.
Second, and this was very cool as well, was a modern version of
lanterns. These big displays are electrically lit and look like
they could be part of a parade, but are also very well done.
Finally, and this was a bit of a surprise, was the Barbie Doll
display. Lots of Asian outfits (many traditional and period
Taiwanese outfits) on white (and a few modified) barbie dolls.
Impressive, if only for the number of people that must make doll
Jin's High school friends went out to dinner and then came over for
desert. I happened to have a lot of fruit from a dinner party the
night before so it worked out well.
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People: Jin(2), Amenda(1), Helen(1), Jesse(1), John(1), Angela(1)
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