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... park areas :) There were so many school children around. We then went to the Tokyo National Museum.
One of the cool parts of the Museum was iron armour from about the 4th century. It was all rusted and flaky but all in one piece still. It was impressive. There was even armour to cover a horses head, very cool.
Then we saw some Elite Military armour that was very impressive and if I ever saw anyone dressed in this I would run :) very ...
... at the appointed time, and before I could start looking for where the parade would run, a large group of dancers crossed the street in front of me and began warming up.
The dancers soon went down the length of the street, which was lined with tables the store owners had setup on the sidewalk. I think it was unrelated to the festival, but there was also a small flea market running in a plaza near the Ueno end of the street. Oddly enough, I had been ...
... grouping the Japanese since there were a lot more of them.
Primarily, the exhibits consisted of maps, paintings, scale models and a few actual-size reconstrutions of buildings and neighborhoods from the time when Tokyo was known as Edo. A few of the dioramas had moving parts, but the only one that wasn't cheezy was an exhibit on kabuki "special effects". You could watch as wheels turned to move little dolls on and off of the stage to represtent ghosts appearing ...
... or so with computers from the 60s, original cars and planes that found their beginnings in Japan, and some other exhibits, it was really interesting - I recommend it if your ever in Japan.
Like alot of places in Japan the museum had rentable lockers for 100 yen as well - so you don't need to lug your bag around the place - how convenient :)
The roof of the museum was an intersting place too, there was a garden and tables and chairs everywhere ...
... out to be somewhere between Noh and Kabuki. I'm pretty sure I saw the folk-style of the dance. It had the colorful costumes of Kabuki but the slow, deliberate movements of Noh. It was a lot like going to a ballet: people dancing-out a story I didn't know set to music I didn't understand. I haven't been to a ballet since I was young, and I remember being very bored. Either I'm just not into ballet or I've gotten more patient in my old age because I really enjoyed Kagura.