05 August 2009

Watermelon Breaking

Suddenly this summer, Koji is very aware of a Japanese summer tradition, "suikawari," which literally means "watermelon breaking". It's the same idea as with pinata, but participants beat on a watermelon rather than a paper mache figurine. So of course last time I bought a watermelon, we had to try it at home.We weren't bothered with a blindfold, since we knew it would take all the kids' power to beat the thing open. Didn't want to waste energy having them figure out where it was... This watermelon ended up being a tough specimen that broke our bat! But not before we cracked it open! Pictures taken July 24th

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