Sunday, September 06, 2009

Pirate Festival

I'm a whole weekend behind in posting these since it's already Sunday again, but after spending August 27th in Hiroshima, then the 28th at Miyajima, we headed to an island in the Seto Inland Sea called Yuge (technically now merged as part of Kamijima, Ehime Prefecture). Another JET lives there, and her island is next to the bigger island of Innoshima where the Pirate Festival was held on the 29th. I've been to many festivals in Japan since Japan loves a good festival, but this one was probably one of my favorites.

On the Ferry, Onomichi to Yuge
Friday, August 28th, 2009
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Yuge Manhole Cover
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Matsubara Beach, Yuge
Saturday, July 29th, 2009
Before the Pirate Festival's festivities in the evening, we spent a few hours in the morning at this beautiful beach. The water was warm, and ours, a group of four, was the only group there. It was like being in our own private paradise. Amazing. Truly.
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Yummies at Pirate Festival on Innoshima Island
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French Dog, American Dog
Whatever the name, the corn dog is a thing of joy, anywhere.
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Thirsty?
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Pirate Festival Torch
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Japanese Pirates!
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About to be Piratical
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Me, Pirates, Happy, Yay
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Pirate with Guns
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Fire
My night shots never turn out all that great, but imagine about nine million similar shots, and you'll know what other pictures I took that night. It was truly spectacular.
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Pretty
Seen on Yuge while walking back to the ferry port for the return home after an awesome 4 day trip.
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Maybe I'll stay more caught up this week and can tell you about the awesome pizza place I went to this past weekend and how that turned into a whole weekend instead of one night of fun. Hanging out with our awesome group of new JETs with lots of pizza, beer and conversation was exactly what I needed to lift out of the funk. Good times. More on all that next post.

10 comments:

  1. That looks so cool! And amazing pics, as usual. Oh, and this? Totally proves that pirates beat ninjas!

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  2. Those are some seriously cool pirates. We have a pirate festival in my town in June, but yours would so kick ours butts.

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  3. Their man hole covers sure look pretty in comparison to the one's here! The japanese sure have style :)

    And how awesome is it that you got to go to a Pirate Festival???!!!

    Great pics!

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  4. I'm still loving these photos, hurrah! This lot is particularly awesome (because, you know, PIRATES!)
    :) Glad you had an awesome time!

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  5. Ok, they look like Pirates of the Carribean! :)
    Are you going to come home with a ton of Hello Kitty items?!

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  6. I absolutely adore all the photos you're posting!! I especially love the Kitty cups and that last flower you posted! Everything in Japan just looks so magical!

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  7. Japan is so wonderfully trippy *says the hippie* Being there with all it's 'French Dog' would most definitely induce the lols!

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  8. The pirates are amazing - as is that picture of the flowers. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like that.

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  9. You know I'm going nuts over those water bottles, right?

    Those pirate costumes are rather impressive! I just love seeing your weekly pics.

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  10. OMG - I'd forgotten all about the cool manhole covers - I wanted to collect them. Should have at least made rubbings of them - but traffic would probably be in the way of that. More likely, I would have been in the way of the traffic!

    You can see the Hun influence in the pirates outfits, can't you? Just like in Alaskan Indians you can see the Japanese influence from Hokkaido

    Awesone torch! And that flower?!?! Both pink & yellow flowers on one stem!?!? Beautiful!

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