Saturday was a wet and rainy day, but Sunday the sun came up and we took a trip over to the Gassho Village in Gero aka Gero Onsen Gassho Mura. As you can see from the video the trees are still gorgeous… and the slide is still fun.
The big finale was the night parade! It was neat to see the beautiful carvings and tapestries illuminated by the lanterns. None of the floats hit buildings or the stop lights
The floats only come out twice a year… here is one getting ready for the night parade
Last year the Takayama Spring Festival was held during the middle of the week. This year it was a Sunday/Monday event so we were able to check it out. There were floats, processions, music, puppet shows, and a night parade. Despite the sheer number of people who converge in Takayama, parking wasn’t bad at all. [...]
Hooray! First egret of the season. I hope he found some frogs to feast upon. There’s a video below
Our neighbors are generally pretty quiet. But last night they were beating drums, playing the flute, and dancing all around. Not sure what they were celebrating, memorializing, or what. The kid in the center danced around in a circle for about 10 minutes. And everyone likes videos, so we uploaded one for you.
With Spring sneaking up on us, we took a day trip up to Nagano prefecture to see the onsen monkeys! Even though most of the snow was gone, there were still plenty of monkeys to see. These are the ones on the monkey cam so it was neat to see them up close.
We went to Takayama last night to meet some Canadians. We ate at C4H and then went to the SEGA arcade. Lots of games! We also tried out the photo booth…(more)
I asked Nick what caused the dirt on vehicles. Here is his reply: “First of all, the accumulation of dirt on vehicles can be attributed to sandstorms in China that get picked up and carried over on air streams from the west and then deposited down on to Japan. This is why many vehicles look [...]
About 2 hrs from Gero is the historic village of Shirakawa. For a few weeks of the year, they illuminate the gassho-zukuri farmhouses. I had seen pictures on the internet, and it looked really cool, so we were game for the drive. Dietz and I hopped in the car, manned only with our phone GPS. It was [...]