Parading through the sticky summer
Trip Start Mar 18, 2003
55Trip End Apr 08, 2007
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Nagoya's big bash is in the fall, and apart from a fireworks display at the port on Marine Day in July (when Mayu and I were in Okayama-ken), there isn't much happening when the mercury's at the higher end of the scale. So, when we heard there was going to be a parade along Hirokoji-dori in the center of town, we made plans to see it. Perhaps it pales in comparison to the likes of other August celebrations, but the Hirokoji Matsuri made for a good opportunity to enjoy some festive summer spirit. Enough girls in yukata and stalls selling the usual tasty (if expensive!) fare kept up impressions, and - despite some oddly un-Japanese floats - a traditional flavor was still in the air. Even though the spirits of the ancestors should have long since returned to their cozy afterlives, the parade ended with a good session of taiko and Bon dancing. Now we can claim we didn't miss all of the festivities.