Oktoberfest 2015

Good morning everyone,

It's looking nice for the next couple of days with sunny skies, warm afternoons and cool mornings. By mid-week we may see some rain as well as the thermometer dropping down to the mid-20s. Not exactly cold, is it? But considering it was in the mid-30s just a couple of weeks ago and overnight lows were in the mid-20s, it seems cool, don't you think?

If you don't mind sitting outside in the cool weather, you should head over to the old baseball stadium grounds and have a beer and a sausage. That's right! It's time for Oktoberfest again!
oktoberfest hiroshima

If you like beer but haven't been to check it out yet, you should make your way there. It's already open and continues through to the end of Silver Week. I've been every year and I always complain about the prices-which are ridiculous, by the way! However, I always go back at least once the next year. Why?! Maybe it's because I secretly like complaining...ha ha!

Actually, it's because I think the atmosphere is worth the high prices...at least once. You get to try some European beers that you can't otherwise find in Hiroshima. It's hard for Canadians to imagine-in fact, I've lived here for 15 years and I still haven't got used to going to a restaurant or bar and having only one choice of beer! Back home, even the smallest pub you walk into will have 4 or 5 different beers on tap and dozens of different kinds of beer in bottles. To walk into a bar and say, "I'll have a beer" will not get you a beer, but probably a helpful waitress bringing over a menu listing all the different kinds of beer you have to choose from.

Anyway, Oktoberfest this year is no different from the past couple of years. I guess the German band members are one year older and the food is just as average and insanely over-priced as usual. The beer is still cold and served in proper beer glasses and the atmosphere is lively. I don't think I've ever seen so many Hiroshimans with smiles on their faces in one place before! It's like Hiroshima's version of Disneyland for grown-ups! Ha ha! I guess if you want to make someone from Hiroshima smile, just give them a cold beer and play some bad (but fun) party music!
oktoberfest dancing

I'm not knocking it. It's fun! You'll definitely find me there at least once this year. How about you?

Have a great day!

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