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Nagoya Matsuri Festival                              
Nagoya, with its 2 million strong population holds the Nagoya matsuri each autumn. The Nagoya matsuri is the biggest festival held in Nagoya during autumn and its main attraction is a parade in which the three proud heroes of Nagoya, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu march at the head of 700 retainers. Oda Nobunaga heads the parade and is celebrated as both a warlord from the then Owari area and also as the man who laid the foundations necessary to unify the nation.

This scan is out of the program explaining (in Japanese) the 9 big floats in the parade.  I have taken the age of the floats and put it with each picture below.

The program cover for the Nagoya matsuri.

One of the two main intersections the parade travelled through, it was held in the Sakae area of Nagoya.

Start the parade!

Float #1, made around 1818~1830.

Float #2, made around 1818~1830.

Float #3, made around 1818~1830.

Between floats, the city police would let the traffic cross the street ... check out the guy and his dog with a little motorcycle helmet!

Float #4, made in 1676.

Float #5, made around 1948~1952. It's just a baby!

Float #6, made in 1974.

Float #7, made in 1674.

Float #8, made in 1824.

Float #9, made in 1658. That's 348 years old!

Watch your head!

After the big "floats" there are these similar "floats" that all have drums on them and kids would take turn playing them.

They even had a step for the smaller kids!

These are floats that different groups of children made ... this is on of the Chunichi Dragons' (local MLBJ team).

Another Chunichi Dragons' mascot.

Happy Halloween!

Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi or Tokugawa Ieyasu ... I'm not sure which!

Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi or Tokugawa Ieyasu ... I'm not sure which!

Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi or Tokugawa Ieyasu ... I'm not sure which!

The End.

This is the roof at Oasis 21. It's covered by water. Of course I didn't take a picture of the entire structure ... next time.

Our friends Christine and Mas ... we went to the festival with them. Christine used to work at NA and we worked together a bit.

Ashley and I infront of the Nagoya Radio Tower.

This looks fun!

Take this!

Bikes everywhere!

This is under the roof looking up. It is really cool.