Thursday, September 10, 2009

Osaka Thai Festival 2009

For the past seven years, every summer Osaka has played host to a Thai Festival in Tennoji Park. 2009's incarnation was held last weekend on the 5th and 6th of September. Honestly I really don't know much about Thailand other than I like their food, they have like biweekly political uprisings, and their alphabet looks to me a lot like Sanskrit. A friend of mine is studying the Thai language, however, and I have no quarrels with expanding my cultural horizons, we went!

It was a nice day and the festival showcased some great aspects of Thai culture.

There was Muay Thai (Thai boxing).

There was food. Oh boy, was there food.

There was beer.

There was traditional Thai beating the sh*t out of some kid (don't worry - the fight was rigged and the big guy wound up throwing the match).

There was even a big papaya walking around.

There was also a lot of stuff for sale, and some freshly imported Thai pop singers and idols, but I didn't waste my digital film. It was a pretty fun time. If you think you might enjoy it and you live in the Kansai area, I'd recommend dropping in next year to check it out.


  1. Like that papaya. Why do you look embarrassed with him??? Your haircut is very dramatic.

  2. More surprised than embarrassed, I think. And yes, got it cut pretty short recently.