Much to my dismay, many parts of the Inuyama Festival were cancelled due to the poor weather, according to the festival’s Twitter. So, we decided instead to visit a cat cafe called Cat Street. The last one we went to was so ghetto, we felt bad for the kitties, so we decided to find a better one. This one was really nice. It had the litter boxes in a room separate from the play area and the cats had places where they could go when they didn’t want to be with people. The cats also looked healthier, and were really soft, clean smelling, and cute.
After the cat cafe, we went to Osu Kannon to walk around. The shopping arcades are pretty much all covered, so it’s a good place to go when it’s raining.
You think I’d weigh about 300 pounds with all the snacks I eat, but considering we walked over 30 kilometers between Thursday and today, I definitely deserved this deliciousness.
This was a ball of sweet bean paste, covered in doughnut batter and fried. It was AMAZING.
Even Teddy liked it!
While walking around, we ran across the most bizarre festival I have ever seen – Multiple times. I really don’t even know what it was about.
There was an older lady doing a fan dance.
Two cute little girls carrying a dragon with their mother, who was playing a French horn. (At least, she seemed to be their mother).
The instrument selection in the parade was… Interesting.
There was a French horn, a pianica, clappers, a shamisen, an accordian, and a taiko drum (not pictured here).
Close-up of the musicians.
The shamisen player saw me photographing them and started rocking out.
The pianica player. Honestly, if they didn’t play these at school, I’d have no idea what this instrument was. Is this some weird, Japan-only thing?
Later on, someone was actually wearing this, but I was not in a good position to take a picture (they were way ahead of me).
I found a taiyaki-ya! (The suffix -ya means “seller of”). They had about 8 flavors. I got the seasonal flavor, sakura-mochi. It was yummy.
Teddy got chocolate filled with banana custard. Also quite delicious.
This demon was a puppet on a guy’s back. Whenever he moved his legs, the demon’s arms moved. It was super cool!
The cute little Japanese girls with their dragon costume.
A shot of the drummer. She gave me a big smile when she saw me.
Some men dressed like kappa and crows. Kappa are Japanese water spirits.
A guardian you will often see at temples – Fudo Myo.
That’s all for the surprise matsuri! My next post will be about food.