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Here we are in Aomori back on the island of Honshu. There has been civilization in Aomori for longer than 30000 years. It's was founded in 1625 and became a city in 1898. There are no old buildings as almost the entire city was destroyed at the end of WW11. The ancient people lived underground and were hunters and gatherers and pottery makers. In 1611 the second lord of the Tsugaru Clan, Tsugaru Nobuhira constructed the historic Hirosaki a Castle. The castle ...
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 ...
... some show cars/hot rods.
Below are a few video clips that will give you a feel for the parade. The band sounds really good. ...and, what would a parade in Japan be without DRUMS?!
(Note: The background sound in the motorcycle video is the sound from the pedestrian crosswalk. You just have to love the Japanese)
... 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. ...