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The grounds are very peaceful. There are several ponds. One with a waterfall and several with the large "gold fish" that the Japanese seem to love.
They were working on the grounds around the pagoda. They had laid out some big boulders and were in the process ...
... some show cars/hot rods.
Below are a few video clips that will give you a feel for the parade. The band sounds really good. ...and, what would a parade in Japan be without DRUMS?!
(Note: The background sound in the motorcycle video is the sound from the pedestrian crosswalk. You just have to love the Japanese)
... Maruyama) revealing a large settlement of the early and middle Jomon period ( 5500-4000 years ago). The museum part was ok but the site a bit of a stretch. Mainly recreated things and with some funny signs "to prevent dry close door" ( the roof was leaking like a sieve); the south mound " a mound is a slightly elevated patch of ground"; a large pit dwelling "a pit dwelling longer than 10 meters in length is called a large pit dwelling" ( not a ...
... to see. If we had come 3 days later, the beautiful blossoms would be gone. By the end of the day, the blossoms were already starting to fall from the trees like snow. The park is also home to one of the oldest castles in Japan, the 5 story Hirosaki Castle Tower, which was originally built in 1611 but was struck by lightning in 1627. It was later re-built in 1811 by the ninth lord of Tsugaru and still stands today. I know all of this because ...
... paddling today, but also was able to see where we paddles last year.
As you can see, the lake is beautiful! And while it was a bit windy at the overlook, the water was very calm. Lake Towada is a volcanic crater lake created thousands of years ago and still fed by some thermal springs, but mostly filled by all the snow that falls in this area ...