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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, ...
... there are guides dedicated to the Diamond a Princess passengers to assist us in getting the right bus to the castle. Today the forecast was for 23 degrees with 60% chance of rain so I didn't pack the jackets did I. Just as we got off the bus, it poured and it dame in quite cold. Bugger! Hang on, it's stopped raining, the suns out, all good, carry on. Today we can visit the castle and see the main tower which was rebuilt in 1810 after the original was ...
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 ...
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 ...
... cotton candy, nachos, funnel cakes, brownies, pulled pork, milkshakes, corn dogs, chili dogs, muffins, and lots and lots of soda, chips & bottled water!
The parade was led off by about 300 motorcycles from across northern Japan and some from as far away as Tokyo. Many, many Harleys and plenty of custom bikes, trikes, spiders, and even ...