Biking Around Nagoya

Today, we decided to rides our bikes around. We didn’t really know where to go, so we decided to bike to Kiyosu Castle, which is in the next city.

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Kiyosu Castle

Kiyosu is the name of the city that touches Nagoya. We can walk there within 20 minutes. However, the castle is pretty far (an hour’s walk). The first time, we went to the castle together by train. We found a hilarious train line that is only about 9 km long, and runs once an hour. It is a diesel train. It is the most ghetto urban train line I have ever seen in Japan. However, it is useful if you want to get to Kiyosu Castle, so there you go.

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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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