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Japan Day 2010イベント参加日誌

『SOKA-SENBEI IN N.Y!(^o^)/~~』

天気どうでしょう
How’s the weather gonna be?

Japan Day @ Central Park was held on Sunday 26th June 2010. Mr.Kinoshita the Mayor of Soka city Japan, Kobayakawa, Toyoda and Taguchi of Soka−Senbei Promotion Conference −−− participated in the festival to introduce our Famous Rice Crackers.

I woke up at 6 in the morning and turned on the TV. The weather forecast said that we would have thunder and rain in the afternoon! Oh, no…. I changed my clothes and met the members at 7:30.

I thought, everyone was worried about the weather, too.
We said “Please, please NO RAIN during the festival!!”
We prayed and left the hotel. The weather wasn’t great although, it was fine.
We caught a taxi, and loaded 200 rice crackers, 400 pieces of cracker dough, 2000 of Soka city and Soka−Senbei brochures (The brochures Made by the Mayor!! Applause!).

草加せんべいのPRパンフレット
The brochure we brought.

Will the event ever go well?
How’s the weather gonna be?
Did’t we forget anything for the event!?

We were worrying and excited at the same time, however, we departured to Central Park!

We arrived in the park at 8:00.
We checked our site and also the stuff that was supposed to be there at the time. We couldn’t find the Cracker baking set for the demonstration.
Hmmmm, maybe the truck is stuck in the traffic… we hoped

Nothing happens without the baking set…

We started to set up the booth anyway. Eventually, the assistant staff members (they live in N.Y) came, and now, we had everyone.
The assistants helped us to tell the sponsor about the missing baking set. We really relieved when we were informed that the set would be here soon!

  • 荷物到着です Here we got the stuff! Phew!
  • 遅れて届いた焼台の箱The baking set…you were little bit late!

Finally, the set arrived. While we were preparing the booth, the engineers started to wire the booth.

At 9:00, we finished registration and came back to the booth. It seemed that the engineers were puzzled with the wiring.

電気のコンセント違うぞ
Hmmmm? What are these wires?

They said that our Japanese plugs were different from the US’s and they wanted to cut the wire and reconnect to the outlets.

We answered; “LET’S DO IT!!”

At last, we got electricity to the baking set!!

手焼き作業中

This baking−set didn’t have a drier (the system that warms up the dough to control the percentage of the water in the dough) so; we improvised it with a hanging laundry net. The equipment looked pretty even though we used a laundry net so, New Yorkers asked us a lot of questions while we were regulating the system. (Thank you, assistants! Your translations were great!!)
People asked questions and take photo during the whole event.

Free food giveaway was supposed to start at 11:30, but it was only 10:00, which meant that an hour to wait. People in N.Y begun to wait in the line for our crackers. How happy we were!

We had a final meeting for the event. We decided that the younger member were to take charge of the demonstration. The mayor and the others were to be dabbe soy sauce on the crackers, pack them, attendance and taking photos. HERE WE START THE EVENT!!!!!

Till then, Central Park was crowded by people… the line for our booth was getting longer and longer.

I heard that people waited for over 1 hour for just 1 piece of baked rice cracker. We were impressed by that. I almost cried. The excitement kept going till the end of the event (3:30). Thanks everyone!

he weather kept up with no problems and we cleared the place. Mayor Kinoshita and I thanked to everyone who supported the event. We ended the day with the traditional Japanese clapping.

ハケによる醤油塗り整列 ハケによる醤油塗り手焼き実演

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By.Kobayakawa