We went to Aomori for the Nebuta festival today! Kazu and Maiko drove us. We went shopping in the tourist Center for a bit and sampled some sake. The tourist building is shaped like a giant triangle! The parade was really cool! People were wearing these festival yukatas. I heard if you get one, you can walk in the parade too! Maybe next time! The floats were really elaborate and pretty. After the parade, we went back to the tourist Center, and shopped a bit more, and got some food. We got a place to watch the fireworks. It was really crowded. The fireworks were bigger and better than anything I've seen before! There was one that went really high up in the sky, and made a small explosion, but that explosion sent out all these other giant mortar fireworks all over the sky! They floated the top three floats around the bay as the fireworks went off. Me and K left and went to the train station to get back to Misawa. We got the last train out. They had added an extra one for the fireworks. It was so crowded! It took about 90 minutes to get home, and we had to stand the whole way. Kazu was feeling a bit ill, so we ended up walking to his place. It didn't take us too very long, and the walk was interesting. I hope he feels better tomorrow! I really liked the festival! K said she used to go to them when she was growing up here. I hope to come back for another one soon!