Nishibiwajima Matsuri

Nishibiwajima Matsuri is a festival held on the first Saturday and Sunday in June in Kiyosu City, which is right next to Nagoya. Our ward that we live in touches Kiyosu in multiple places. My dentist, who is the mother of one of the preschool students, gave us a flyer about it so we could go see it.

Nishibiwajima Matsuri is a small festival that involves parading five portable shrines through narrow neighborhood streets. These shrines have wooden wheels that are incapable of turning, so anytime they need to turn, all the men have to bounce the shrine up and down off of the ground and turn it little by little. These shrines weigh 1-2 tons each, and are 2-3 stories tall. They were constructed in the Edo period. The floats also have puppets, puppeteers, power-line movers, musicians, and other riding on them.

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Thai Festival

Last Sunday (May 26th), we went with a coworker to a Thai Festival in Nagoya! It was down in Sakae.

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Tsurumai Koen

Sorry for the gap in posts. We have been super busy!

On our anniversary (way back on May 18th!) we went to Tsurumai Park. It’s a very easy park for us to get to, because it’s on our subway line. So we just can get on, go for 8 stops, and we’re there!

Tsurumai Park is pretty old, and even used to have a zoo. Now it is famous for its flowers. It has many different seasonal flowers, like cherry blossoms, roses, and hydrangeas. When we went, the roses were in full bloom.

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