The noisiest festival in Japan
The best time to visit Kuwana is during the Ishidori Festival in early August. Floats are paraded through the streets and the taiko drum is played, accompanied by these cymbals/bell things. Lot's of people also have large night picnics. I had been in Kuwana less than a week, and I still had the impression that Japanese were pretty reserved and quiet. Then I went to the Ishidori festival and saw both men and women drinking and dancing in the streets and using every English word they could think of (even some you shouldn't say in polite company)! Then we went to the drinking party and that was a real awakening!!
a typical japanese town
"authentic non-traditional japan"
i found myself in kuwana my complete chance, escorting my friends' sports team to their races - the 2005 world rowing championship in nearby Gifu. It's the sort of place you would never choose to visit, that's why i am so glad to have been there: it is an untraditional contemporary japanese town, almost undistinguishable from any other, but where you see not what is beautifully polished and put forward for the tourist, rather the everyday reality of millions of japanese people. It was definitely worth seing, although if i had planned it, i would have never been there.
the average japanese supermarket is heaven to the eye!! The colors, the products, there is nothing you can't find, litterally : ) It's like you walked in a manga comic book.
thousands of those, in every japanese street.