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... with a view. Back to the ship in time for a refreshing bath and as always entertaining dinner. That's it for Japan. The cruise has been fabulous. What we have seen and done is amazing. The Japanese people are not at all like the Japanese tourist you see around the world. They are humble, very polite and very friendly. We dock in Yokohama in the morning and then we transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai for our next adventure! Sayonara and Arigato ...
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 ...
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 ...
... was focused on show cars and motorcycles.
The weather was AWESOME! Bright blue skies, slight breeze, and warm, but not hot. The streets were lined with both Japanese specialty food stands and American foods sold by private organizations (POs) made up of people from the base. The POs were selling everything from giant turkey legs, hamburgers, ...
... anymore!!!!). And even in the museum some things were labelled like "some stone objects", "small triangular objects" etc. But overall it was OK. I caught a bus to it as it was a few kms out of town so navigated the "city" buses.
The second sight was the museum that had 5 floats from last years Nebuta Warasse festival. The festival is on every year in August but as I won't be staying that long decided to see last years winners. ...