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2008-08-02 Bon bon, Matsumoto, bon bon bon!

August 2nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

By chance we happened to be passing by Matsumoto (and thus Charles and Yuko who I saw at my half-way point two months ago) during a festival. As the rather repetitive song explained it was “bon bon Matsumoto, bon bon bon!”. Played on a loop through loud speakers it got the parade of groups ranging from 5 drinking buddies to hundreds of school kids, companies and dance troupes. All were doing the same moves and relatively in time too.

Mastumoto Castle 
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Charles, Yuko and a few more from the party I attended were dancing too, but Tania and I just stayed in the crowd, and it was very crowded. We decided to leave a bit early because it had become so packed that it was almost as hot after dark as it had been during the day, which is to say it was stifling. We taken full advantage of the free breakfast in Nagano and then taken a slow and hot walk around Mastumoto Castle, nicknamed The Crow because of its black and white colour scheme. It’s one of the oldest castles in Japan (400+ years old, not a rebuilt replica) and has the interesting trick of appearing to have 5 floors from the outside, but actually having 6. Well worth a look if you’re ever in the area.
kimonos 
Kimonos on parade 
school exchange group 

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Denis // Aug 3, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I love the kimono group. Particularly the cute one with the cap

  • 2 Alison // Aug 3, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    The image of the two kimonos from the back is my favorite.

  • 3 Peter A // Aug 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I love the shot of the castle. So jealous right now.

  • 4 Craig // Aug 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Yeah I went back for that picture. had a guy take a photo of Tania and I there but it was terrible. I wanted that framing with her and I in it. Enter Photoshop :-)

  • 5 Anna // Aug 5, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Wow. It’s so beautiful. Have to get back to Japan some day…

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