Koyo - Autumn Color Changes

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
Trip End Nov 07, 2007

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Arriving in Misawa was a breeze, we got here with no problems thanks to the incredible shinkansen bullet train. The train system here is quite impeccable, the trains arrive within 30 seconds of their arrival time and ride itself is smooth and soundless. After all, you are gliding in a machine that is far more advanced than any country in the world. We got up early today, but i was really tired. My uncle yelled in the room to wake me up and said "We have to go soon!" So I got my stuff together and we were up and running on our way to the mountains near Aomori. Our first stop was Tachineputa to see a museum which houses huge parade floats which adorn the street every August. It was pretty cool to see the actual scale of these floats because they are 4 to 5 stories tall. I was amazed how strong this floats are because you could actually touch them and feel what materials where used to produce them. The Tachineputa festival seems really interesting and fun. There are cultural dances and music similar to that of the "Obon." What's different is that these dances are done in a parade along with these massive floats. The museum not only houses the floats, but also transforms in order to transport the floats in and out of the museum. The walking platform rises like a drawbridge and allow the floats to be driven or pushed out of the musuem. I think I would like to see this festival the next time i come to Japan.
It's november and all the leaves of Autumn are starting to change. I never seen leaves as colorful as those I've seen in Japan. It was beautiful, red, orange, and yellow like you've never seen before. My uncle said that we had come a little too late, but the colors were still amazing. I wouldn't mind seeing "Koyo" or "Changing of Leaves" at it's peak. That would be amazing. I also had a chance to see the Apples in Season in full effect. All the orchards were full of apples and everyone from all over came to the area to buy fresh apples. My mom loves these apples and had a few dozen sent to several family members around Japan. We returned from our long trip and went to pay our respects to our late Tako Obachan. We had dinner with our family and returned back to uncle Takeshi's house. At Takeshi's we had some beer and sake with rice crackers, what a treat!
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