Anuenue went to a Japanese New Year festival in Thomas Circle downtown. There were lots of demonstrations, games, and activities, and food!
People took turns pounding rice to make rice cakes - the mallet was a bit too big for Anuenue!
There were drummers, singers, and dancers!
And also lots of games - these are water balloon yoyos.
Anuenue walked through part of the Shaw neighborhood on the way to Thomas circle from the metro. There is a mix of historic and new architecture. Here is a tiny house wedged in between a big apartment building and a multi-unit house.
A row of pretty brick buildings...
And some fancy rowhouses with lots of details in the historic area.