Iwakura Sakura Matsuri

Today, our friend Yoshi came to visit us from Tokyo, and the three of us took the train to Iwakura, a small town north of Nagoya, to see the cherry blossom festival.

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There were beautiful sakura all up and down the Gojo River.

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Teddy and Yoshi on one of the many bridges.

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Me and Yoshi down by the river.

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A cool paper decoration.

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There were stage performances all afternoon.

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Cute ducks on the river.

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I got to try a delicious croissant taiyaki!

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One of the big highlights of the festival was the washing of the town koinobori, or carp streamers. Here they are scraping off scum with a knife.

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Lifting the banner out of the water.

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A HUGE banner.

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Flipping over one of the koinobori.

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After cleaning, the festival members held up the banners for everyone to see.

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After the banner washing, we went in search of the festival floats. First, we looked at the shrine.

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Another spot at the shrine.

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There were three festival floats. Here is one.

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Here is the second one.

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One of the mechanical puppets on the second float.

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Detail on float number three.

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The final float.

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Here is the manhole cover of Iwakura!

Well, that is all for the festival. There will probably be no pictures for tomorrow – I am entering a singing contest, and so my day will be spent hanging out, practicing, and participating in the contest! Wish me luck! 🙂

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 23:14:22

    Good luck and thanks for the beautiful pictures…..

    Reply

  2. Barbara Lange
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 03:43:50

    Beautiful! The sky is so blue!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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