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... 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 ...
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 ...
... 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 ...
... all the way ( about 4 hours all up). Speed past Fukushima on the way but have no signs of radiation poisoning so either there is none or I was going to fast to get a dose.
The first "fast" train I caught had non reserved carriages but the second one didn't. I didn't know about this reservation thing so spent 95 minutes waiting to be kicked off. Luckily it wasn't very full so with a couple of seat changes and looking the other way when ...