In Japan occasionally a fearless youth will ask us for a picture, or take our picture surreptitiously, but in China we were celebrities. Everywhere we went people not so much asked, but pushed us into pictures with their children, or themselves.

This sweet old lady came up to Scott and grabbed his hand at the Olympic stadium and gestured wildly for her friend to take their picture.

These cute children ran up to Alicia to pose.

These children’s mother posed them with us before running back to take the picture. The little girl loved it.

A whole family got into this shot.

Even on the great wall in our sweaty disarray we were stopped for photos!

While I thoroughly enjoyed it for the week I was there, I can see how people live there would tire of this. Also, I wonder where these pictures end up…

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But they are so cute.

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Girl gazes at Anpanman bus

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Hanami: Partying Japanese Style

In the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, Japanese people flock en mass to fields with cherry blossom trees, lay down a blanket, bust out the BBQ and enjoy Hanami – or cherry blossom viewing parties.

On Saturday the JET program had a social Hanami party at Kokura castle, in Kitakyushu.

At the bathroom we met some Japanese people who invited us to join their party. Since they had really cute children in Anpanman sweaters and a magician, we couldn’t say no.

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