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AOMORI, JAPAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Today we are in Aomori which is on the northern coast of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The harbor is beautiful. It is large with several large breakwaters. There is a large beautiful suspension bridge crossing the bay and a large triangle building right on the shoreline which houses up scale shopping.
We took ...
... This was originally built in the early 1600s. One of the main towers burned down after a lightning strike shortly after completion. The current castle tower was built in the early 1800s. It is being renovated (so we couldn't go inside of it) and will then be moved intact to a different location on the grounds. Seriously, they are going to prop the entire building up 30 cm and move it about 100 yards. ...
... lightening , 3 turrets, 5 gates and 3 moats. There are 8 red bridges over the moats which are full of lillies. The leaves are just starting to change colour so the gardens are very pretty. We can see by the photos on display how amazing it looks in Cherry blossom time and covered in snow in the winter. Across the road from the castle grounds is the Fujita Memorial Garden. It was made in 1919 by a gardener from Tokyo and the first owner of the garden was ...
... by people, the drums and dancing. All of them intonating their ra-ra-ratana.
Impressive constructions with enlightened figures if ancient history. We could not understand all of the meaning, but the festival is known on Japan. There is even a museum with all the history and the constructors of the carts (all in Japanese)
... look as the water started and stopped as I was taking pictures.
I have to admit.....I really liked the cute little statues of the kid Buddhas.
This was a nice side trip and definitely a "must see" for those of us in northern Japan.
Not many Japanese adventures left!