Toyoko Inn Hachinohe-ekimae
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... 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)
Most of the folks on our trip were snowboarders. I always make fun of them because they spend so much time sitting in the snow. Since a boarder straps both feet to the same board, they have no way to really propel themselves when they aren't on a downward slope. Some will hop around, but ...
... well against scenery, but with the leaves at the height of their colors, we actually blended in. Good thing none of us had to be rescued! :o)
All in all, it was a great day. I'm sure my arms, shoulders and neck will remind me tomorrow how much fun it was, but it was well worth it. Just an absolutely great day to be on the water and in Japan!
... mache from the poles. Food, drink and games of chance will be offered along the streets. While there are a few activities and entertainment that take place during the weekend, the main activity is just walking the streets of the festival ...
Started my long weekend off by revisiting a not too distant landmark (Seagull Island) and the route of the Hachinohe Half Marathon that I ran a few weeks ago. The route was beautiful - right along the Pacific Coast - but since I was running 13.1 miles, I wasn't carrying a camera then :o)
Seagull Island is sort of crazy. It's not really an "island". It is ...