A soggy but fun 4th of July, in Japan

After an incredibly beautiful spring, the rainy season is upon us! This was probably one of the most gloomy 4th of July’s I can remember, it was drizzly all day, (the 4th I spent in Portland, OR was worse, I can remember being frozen to the core while sitting at a baseball game in jeans and a hoodie), so at least it was warm. And we still had a great time despite the weather. Since there aren’t many 4th of July festivities being held in Japan (haha) we went to the festival on base. There was a lot of food! BBQ ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, corn on the cob, etc.

The girls enjoyed the pony rides.

Also, the petting zoo was a highlight. 

I almost thought we were back in Kansas at my in-laws farm! (We really missed spending the 4th at their lake house in Oklahoma this year!) 

The baby chicks were just so cute and fluffy.

AFN is the Armed Forces Network. They run the area radio station, and were MC’ing the afternoon.

I always enjoy the PACAF (Pacific Air Force) Band.

But, the headliner was a Bon Jovi cover band, called Slippery When Wet. They were lots of fun and there was a good sized crowd, despite the rain. Took me back to high school for sure! 

Glimpse into the future? Matt and I were a bit concerned about Ella’s enthusiasm for the band! Haha! She loved it and even wanted to stand really close the speakers. Oh dear….. 

These girls danced their hearts out, to Bon Jovi, in the rain. Gotta love it! 

And what is the 4th of July without fireworks? They put on a 20 minute show, though the first few minutes the fireworks were hidden in the rain clouds. I especially loved the mix of patriotic music that the AFN was blasting to accompany the show. So what could be more American than watching fireworks, in the rain, on the 4th of July, in Japan?!  Happy 4th!!


  1. Amara
    July 11, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    That picture of your youngest with the chick! Adorable. I would love that concert too.

  2. Laura
    July 31, 2014 / 3:27 am

    Ella in the rain enjoying the band is perfection!

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