The Mishima Matsuri ran for three days. One night Yukijohn was at a bar filling ourselves with alcoholic liquids. Stumbling onto the street we were overcome by drumming and cheers. Was I halucinating. With a pilgramage to the noise like mecca, we hobbled forth. On the way to the ruckus we bump into Gori, a past Hitchhiking Pick Up friend, he also affected by the liquid gold. Gori points us in the direction of the sounds so we stumble forward. Into the center of town we are rewarded with the most intense happenings of the festival. Hundreds of men and women wrapped up in Yukatas banging away on instruments, set in groups battling to out do their neighbor and the sound barrier. Decibals are being used freely. Theres dance and lanterns bobbing up and down, with lights and crowds stuffed between these large carts that look very Jaoanese in the sense that they look driven from the Temple, well pushed, these carts were motorless. Kind of a Japanese version of a float from a American parade.
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Most nights are spent do one of two things if you go out. Drinking was usually at Wara Wara (sp) which is a chain Izakaya, I know there is a few in Tokyo as well. A Izakaya is a eating and drinking place where you sit with your own group in private stalls or tables. I was used to the NY bar scene where you stand shoulder to shoulder in a room with decibal levels exceeding 120, so this was a nice retreat. You were able to hear what people were saying. They have Japanese tapas and the beer selection usually consists of Sapporro, Kirin and Asahi with an occassional Yebisu. Imports are hard to come by in these parts. The other thing alot of nights turned into was a night of Karaoke. The Japanese are really serious about this. Make sure you use the Izakaya thouroughly, filling up with octane, cause being that you are the visitor and you know english (maybe, I assumed since you're reading this) you will be asked to sing many songs in the language.
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