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This afternoon we were ported at Aomori. This is a northern Japanese city (they get an average of 25 feet of snow a year). Aomori is a purely modern city—it was heavily bombed in 1945. We spent the afternoon in a nearby city, Hirosaki.
We started out at a Tsugaru Province cultural center where they played traditional drums and a lute-like instrument, ...
... Japanese man running toward me waving his camera and bowing. I established that he wanted me to take 2 photos of him in front of this big wooden structure, which I happily did. He was soooo grateful and we entered into a bowing like dance. He was still bowing and thanking me as he ran away! Buses are limited back to Aomori so we take a $20 taxi ride back to where the shuttle stops. We go up to the 13th floor of the observation tower on the wharf and have ...
Nevertheless we enjoyed a very nice meal, we tried 3 different sake and tasted the fresh sashimi of our seat neighbor from their catch of today a delicious dorade.
Then to the festival itself. Its name is Nebuta Matsuri (link)
Thousands of people along the 4 km long route where the big carts are ...
... some small white stones using traditional tools.
There are several places at the shrine where people can wash their hands prior to praying. The one pictured here had a motion detector that automatically started the water flowing from the dragon spout. I have to admit it made me take ...
... not the sort of beaches you would be laying out in the sun on.
......six months from now there will be snow on these beaches. The currents and customs of the Pacific will continue to litter these beaches.
I enjoy the treasure hunt feeling I get when I wander the beaches. ....one man's trash...could be your treasure!
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