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... and run for a week). There also were local artisans demonstrating local pottery, embroidery, wooden toys and dolls, and lacquerware. They also had a Yokien style garden with very hungry koi. This area of Japan is known for growing apples so there were many different products made of apples, including an odd apple vinegar drink that I tried (but did not buy a bottle of).
We then went to the ...
... to centre on the natural view, not being geometrically balanced. It is a place to reflect on ones belief. To play or do sword sports in the Japanese garden is taboo. The Japanese house is open to be viewed as long as you remove your shoes. The Archeological house displays items from the Stone Age and have been mostly excavated from Hirosaki City. A shortish walk from the gardens is an area called Zenringal. There are more than 30 temples in this area. ...
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 ...
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 ...