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... the streets. After visiting the workshops where these are crafted we got to walk all along the full height of these remarkable structures. Then is was back to the ship, Tonight we have dinner with the cruise director on our last formal night.
This will be my last blog. We get to Tokyo tomorrow and disembark. We will not have internet after this afternoon.
... 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 ...
... centre of governance for the Tsugaru Feudal Clan for around 260 yearsuntil the abolition of the feudal clan system. This is to be our first stop today. To get to Hirosaki we need to take a train and then a bus. We are fortunate to get to the station in time for a rapid train or express to Hirosaki which means we pay a bit more but we get there quicker. Nothing to see on the train ride, mostly rice paddies and market gardens and apple orchards. At the ...
... literally boat loads of glass floats sitting around. Many Americans will trade with the local fishermen (cookies, candy, beer, etc.) or buy the floats, but I prefer to find them on my own.
So off I went to inspect the break-waters that protect the harbor. These small fishing villages have large concrete piers that are often lined with ...
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 ...