Japan: Yokohama Fireworks
It is a sign of summer in Japan when you see cute girls dressed up in their yukata, have had their hair done up nicely, click-clacking in their wooden slippers with their boyfriends in tow… the lanterns are lit on the streets and the food stalls are set up, and everyone gathers as darkness sets in for the fireworks display to begin!
I read back to the fireworks post of last year.
So many things have changed since then in my life. All for the better, and what is more is that I know there is so much more to come in the second half of this year.
I am pleased that I was able to have the courage to be decisive about life choices this year, make some difficult decisions, which you will never know if you have made the right move until much later and you reflect back. But I tried to stop looking back, to keep looking up and forward, as a new path will always lead you to something unexpected, something different, something new, which only you can turn into something great. I used to feel comfortable in the status quo, the every day routine, the every day job, and people would tell me to just settle down already with someone who was normal, kind and liked me, and people would tell me that I should slow down and stop being such a career-minded girl. I did think for a split second that maybe I should just settle for an ordinary life. But I snapped out of that mindset ever so quickly, because why settle? When you have worked hard for something you want to achieve, met some incredible people who have enriched your life and well-being, I want a life more extraordinary than that. Life is all about timings, and who happens to stumble into your life at any given moment, who can influence and impact you, which can quickly throw you off course from the direction you were headed. I feel ever so fortunate to have met some of these such influential people this year. I will treasure these moments forever, and hopefully turn these into something extraordinary. Watch me.
So back to the fireworks.
Every City hosts summer fireworks throughout the summer, and not being biased, but Yokohama fireworks truly is one of Japan’s best.
I am very fortunate to live in such a place where we can see it from home!
Naturally being the boss in the kitchen, I took over the food duties and whipped up a warm chicken salad, using plump chicken breasts that had been marinated in garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and chilli oil for a few hours. I did a quick version of a fish pie, using cod and white sauce, and I found these pretty pasta ribbons in the cupboard so it eventually became a fish pie come pasta bake!
The fireworks display was incredible again this year.
We keep saying it gets bigger and better every year! But honestly it’s true.
Just look at the spectacle!
You would know by now that I have got a liiiiitle bit of a sweet tooth (a massive understatement!), and I had been rushing through dinner so that I could get my hands on these gorgeous looking cakes for pudding!
Our friends got them for us from Foundry, a famous cakes shop, whereby they queued for 40 minutes to get these for tonight!
With our tummies full and the excitement of the fireworks over for another year, it was a very satisfying and a real happy day.
Already excited about next year’s fireworks! Hmm I wonder who I will invite to join….