Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy 4th of July               【祝】7月4日 アメリカ独立記念日

Yesterday marked for the first time for me to attend the Kobe Club's annual 4th of July BBQ Pool Party celebrating America's independence from England 234 years ago.  Even though the Kobe Club is a membership only club that has been in existence since the late 1860s, the club had a special offer for non-members of the foreign community to partake in the club's 4th of July festivities.

With an American style BBQ along with a three piece jazz band to add ambience, many of the party attendees enjoyed lounging around and swimming in the pool to cool off from a hot and humid summer Sunday afternoon.

After the conclusion of the BBQ party, I stopped by the Nu Chayamachi shopping district located right in the heart of Osaka to see none other than myself displayed as the infamous Yukichi Fukuzawa, who is best represented by being the face of the 10,000 yen ($100) note.  Referring to the last picture in the series, it is amazing how a little make-up and a wig can turn a fairly young westerner into an over 60 year old Japanese.  Yes, believe it or not, that is really me!

BBQパーティーの後、ほかならぬあの有名な福沢諭吉に扮した自分がディスプレイされているのを見るため大阪の中心にあるNu 茶屋町に立寄ってきました。最後の写真についてですが、少しの化粧とウィッグでまだ若い部類に入る西洋人が60歳以上の日本人に化けてしまえることは驚きです。信じるも信じないも、あれはほんとに僕 なんです!!

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