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... sanshin, that apparently is sometimes covered in dog skin (according to our guide…a pamphlet said that they’re covered in snakeskin). They use a large pic to play the sanshin (think small ice scraper size and shape), using it to pluck the 3 strings and to tap the body of the instrument. They had examples of lanterns and floats used during the Hirosaki Neputa and Aormori Nebuta festivals (which ...
... definitely run in time. This one is not an express so will take a little longer to get back. During this time we decide to get off one stop before Aomori and go to visit the Special National Historical Site, Sannai-Maruyama. It's a famous archeological site which had been known since the Edo period. Excavation which started in 1992 revealed a large settlement of Early and Middle Jomon Period (5500 to 4000 years ago). Pit dwellings, pillar supported ...
... 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!
... all the way ( about 4 hours all up). Speed past Fukushima on the way but have no signs of radiation poisoning so either there is none or I was going to fast to get a dose.
The first "fast" train I caught had non reserved carriages but the second one didn't. I didn't know about this reservation thing so spent 95 minutes waiting to be kicked off. Luckily it wasn't very full so with a couple of seat changes and looking the other way when ...