Picture choosen by : Mr.Gablin Wilson
Morioka is in the capital of Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Morioka has a number of popular festivals. Chagu Chagu Umakko, 2nd Saturday of June. A parade of 100 colorfully decorated horses. Sansa Odori, August 1-3. The much anticipated summer taiko (Japanese drum festival. Approximately 100,000 participating taiko players, flute players, and dancers parade down the main street, Odori. After the performance is finished, viewers can join in and dance in the street with the performers as a part of "Wa Daiko". A unique vibe, and absolutely free! Funekko Nagashi, August 16th. Hachiman Shrine Festival, September 14-16. A river runs through it, er, rivers that is: the Kitakami, Nakatsu, and Shizukuishi, making Morioka one of the prettiest cities in T˘hoku. The capital of Iwate-ken, in the early Edo perČiod it was the seat of the Nambu clan. With the grand Mt Iwate volcano as its northwest backdrop and some beautiful old buildings, Morioka is a picturesque place, and its people are very keen to share their city's delights with outsiders. The city's wanko-soba culinary ritual is a curious custom that's fun to try, and exchange with Canada means that residents are refreshingly nonchalant about foreigners, far more so than in other T˘hoku towns.