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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 ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... full and those cars that are for travellers without reservation packed
From Aomori Shinkansen to Aomori you change to a very local train - quite a change. After we found the hotel we went across the street into a Japanese restaurant. Everything in Japanese, no English menu or waiter who can speak English. Now we have arrived to ...
... 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 ...
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