Samurai Dave: The Roving Ronin Report

Rambling Narrative of Travels, Thoughts, and Embellishments

Cherry Blossom Festival at a Japanese Castle – Matsumoto Castle

For one week at Matsumoto Castle around the blooming time of the sakura (cherry blossoms) they open the castle grounds up from 6 to 9 for free to the public. From the tsukimi yagura or moon-viewing tower, musicians play while visitors stroll around. The first set is the traditional Japanese harp – the koto. The second set is western-style flute and the third set is traditional gagaku which is played at shrines and Imperial functions. All is free and open to the public.

For more photos check here: http://therovingroninreport.blogspot.jp/2012/04/cherry-blossom-festival-at-japanese.html

May 9, 2012 Posted by | cherry blossoms, japan, sakura | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Life-Size Gundam Returns to Tokyo

While at a German Oktoberfest Celebration (in May) in Odaiba, I came across my old friend Gundam whom I saw here 3 years ago. Gundam is back in Tokyo big as ever. In 2009 to mark the 30th Anniversary of the premiere of the popular anime show Gundam, a 1:1 life-size Gundam model was erected on the island of Odaiba in Tokyo. It stayed there for a couple of months before being moved to Shizouka. Now it’s back in Tokyo for however long.

Gundam is an anime show where humans pilot these large robot-like suits called Mecha. Gundam has become a cultural icon in Japan.

May 9, 2012 Posted by | Anime, blog, Gundam, japan, tokyo | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments