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Aizu Spring Festival

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Bridge into Castle

It was Saturday morning in Aizu-Wakamatsu and Joanne suggested we see the spring festival at the Castle.  We drove over and were totally shocked by the size of the castle.  The castle is called "Tsuruga-jo" - and is famous for it's role in a battle in the Meiji Restoration.

View of the Castle from the Wall

The festival is about carrying large shrines from the center of town up to the castle.  A taico drumming group was playing along the route and really got the crowd into the spirit of the even.  We arrived early and were lucky enough to see child sized shrines be carried by the next generation.

Taico DrummersKids Shrine

On the way from town, the shrines stop in a staging area at the entrance of the castle and everyone gets ready for the push up to the castle.  Everyone waited there for a while (smoke break I guess)

Little GirlIt's a bit coldProcessions Starting Up

And then the festival got underway!

Overhead View of the Precession

The shrines move pretty slowly - the crowd slowly surges up the ramps into the castle.  The shrines look pretty heavy.  Besides the woman on top cheering, the shrines are gilded, wooden and elaborate.

Climbing Toward CastleCrush HaulingProcessions at End

And then they arrive at the Castle and have lunch under the sakura - the cherry blossoms.

Having LunchPerson in Cart with Castle

And a big thanks goes out to Joanne for taking us!

Bumps on a Wall

Kids Shrine
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Having Lunch
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Little Girl
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View of the Castle from the Wall
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Bumps on a Wall
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Person in Cart with Castle
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Processions Starting Up
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Processions at End
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Overhead View of the Precession
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Bridge into Castle
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