French Fest 3


Another part of the Bonjour Perth Festival that we enjoyed last weekend was the French car show.

Cars on display included a Citroen Traction Avant (above) and this pair of 2CVs.

And this pair of Alpine A110s, powered by Renault engines. The one on the left was built in 1966, and the one on the right is from 1976.

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Light Entertainment


We went along to the Swan Festival of Lights at Perth’s Supreme Court Gardens yesterday. It’s a celebration of the Indian Deepavali (aka Diwali) festival.

As you would expect, there was plenty of colour and action, with hanging garlands and displays of Indian dancing. The Swan Festival of Lights ended last night, but there is another Deepavali celebration next weekend – Diwali Mela at Claremont Showground. See you there!

Japanese if you Please 2

As well as the Japanese Tanabata Festival that we featured in the previous entry, we also went along to see the Nisei Week grand parade in LA’s Little Tokyo district.

The parade kicked off with an exhibition of motor bike riding by the LAPD, and then had a variety of Japanese cultural displays, including music, dancing and martial arts.

There were also several portable Shinto shrines, which reminded us of the time we spent living and working in Japan.

Japanese if you Please


Last weekend we attended the Japanese Tanabata Festival celebration in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles.

There were stalls selling Japanese clothing and trinkets outside the Japanese American National Museum (above), and origami workshops inside.

Plus performances of Japanese music, and colourful paper lanterns. The Japanese character on the red lanterns means “festival” and the white ones say “good luck/fortune”.