Ouch (Monday)

God my feet ache! Really ache! Well I have been walking almost solidly for 7 days now. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s day of relaxing.

So the Takayama autumn festival… what’s it like? The weather was wonderful, clear blue skies and the floats are very pretty, especially the latern lit parade at night. Very, very busy with tourists, nearly all Japanese, many in big groups following their guide with the umbrella. Just a handful of Europeans or Americans to be seen.

Festival Floats

You would not believe the size of the crowd for the marrionette show! They show it on TV to an over spill crowd. I missed the 1st one because I left it to late and spent nearly an hour standing in the sun to make sure I saw the second show. It was very very clever, but I think I’m missing the cultural background to applaud it as enthusiastically as the locals. And there was no crocodile and no string of sausages!

Just like us an event brings out the stalls and the tat for the kids and the junk food stalls. Loads of squid dumpling stalls; but I had barbequed meat on a stick, fried and sugared root vegetable of some sort, some things a bit like doughnut balls and a sort of square pancake filled with salad stuff ham and egg and cooked on a griddle; either I was hungry or it was delicious. You get chop sticks with it, but even so it didn’t last long. People don’t seem to walk and eat here though, you get your food then find a place to sit.

If you happen to be in Japan at the right time I would recommend a visit.

Repack the rucksack tonight to try and get room for the pressies and then an earlish night.