The Grand Matsuri Attempt

So, today, we were very much looking forward to attending Minato Matsuri, a festival down at Nagoya Port.

We got all dressed up…

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Teddy in his yukata.

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Here is the back. I think I tied it right…

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Here is me in my yukata.

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Here is the side, so you can see my cute bow.

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Together! On the subway, an old lady complimented Teddy’s yukata style.

After about 45 minutes, we arrive at the port! It was… quiet. Too quiet.

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We felt encouraged by the sign! But, unencouraged by the lack of noise and food smells.

So, I whipped out my mighty smart phone.

Which told me that the date and time had been changed. To July 20th. 😥

Even more ridiculous – on the way back to the station, they still had signs up declaring the date as today! And the street was blocked to all traffic. It was pretty odd.

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The marine museum was pretty, though.

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And here is the ocean!

So, we got back on the subway for a long ride back to good old Kamiotai.

We decided to stop at the local shrine for their festival. It was TINY. Like, they had 2 games, and 1 food stand. But – we could eat every food they sold at that festival! The only options were shaved ice or baby castella. We got the castella.

We totally used the opportunity for nice photos, though. For size reference, this entire shrine would fit on a the same space as a large corner lot house. 😀 So it’s small!

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A lantern hanging on the torii, or shrine gate.

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This lantern was quite large. Off to the left are the food and game stands!

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Teddy by the big lantern. For reference, Teddy is 182 cm/6 feet tall. He didn’t even come up to the top of the bottom kanji!

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Here’s me with the big lantern, being blown by the wind.

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A gate at the shrine.

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This is the main shrine building. Inside, there was some sort of purification ritual taking place. We didn’t try to take part, because it appeared as though you had to read this really long prayer in Japanese, and all those kanji were probably above our respective reading levels.

Well, that’s all for now! Unless some other ridiculous thing takes place, next Saturday we plan to attend Minato Matsuri! If we do, be sure to expect pictures!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Lange
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 18:31:03

    What kind of shoes do you where with the yukata? You both look really nice and the small festival looks really pretty at night with the lanterns.


  2. Marie Elder
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 18:22:54

    Frustrating, isn’t it? Today I went to the doctor for my shots and was told they hadn’t received the necessary stuff yet……..paid $5.00 for parking for 20 minutes!!!!!Bah Humbug!


  3. Shirley Donehoo
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 00:36:05

    Great pics, Jen! I would have been so upset! But, you made the most of it!


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