Dormy Inn Hirosaki
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My final stop on the Saturday adventure trip was at the Really Big Buddha just outside Aomori, Japan. This too is on the Misawa Air Base "must see" listing and while I've been past it a number of times (heading to the snow of the Hakkoda mountains or on various ITT trips), this was my first stop at ...
After arriving WAY EARLY on the west coast of Japan for a Saturday of sightseeing and adventure, I realized nothing was open so I headed down a trail to the beach.
....I thought I'd share a bit of what one might find on the shores of Japan.
It is amazing the items that wash up on the beach! While many people would think ...
... one of the bridges. You could tell that just about everything else was freshly painted too, so the colors were brilliant.
Add to that the flowers and vibrant green foliage and you get some wonderful pictures.
Well worth the drive.
.....but that wasn't all I did on Saturday!
...stay tuned ...
... floats - based around history or mythology or current news. They are already making this years ones and you could see them doing one of those too. Puts the Auckland Chinese lantern festival or the Xmas parade in Auckland to shame ( or the gay parade ). Each float is about 5 meters high, 7 meters deep, 9 meters wide and weighs about 4 tonne including its own power generator
So once again a lot of walking with no place to sit down.
... the info verbatim from the 'packet' before I "misplaced" it. We also had a chance to visit the Neputa-no-Yakata Museum which houses huge paper lantern floats that are paraded in the streets annually each August. The floats are all hand painted and are illuminated at night. We can only imagine how beautiful it would be. After grabbing a green tea flavored ice cream to hold us over, we board the train for our trip back to Aomori. Our next stop.... ...