Kawagoe- A quaint little town that was once a castle town. This town survived the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 and the storehouses supplied the city of Tokyo during the disaster. It is often referred to as "Little Edo" as it depicts what life would have been like in the capitol city during this time. The buildings that remain here are very different in that they were built to withstand disaster but still have the ambiance of Japanese beauty engrained in them. We had a lovely afternoon strolling the streets enjoying some of the delicacies a day out can provide in this country.
|Now that is a lot of sake|
|This is a shell replica of what a festival float would look like. These particular ones are on wheels and are pulled by heavy ropes through the city on festival day.|
|These were originally used as storehouses.|
|The belltower used to warn of impending danger. Made all of wood. Funny thing is, this tower has burned down multiple times and is always rebuilt with wood.|
My boys enjoying the day. It was a very warm day in August, so we were all very careful to remain hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible. Evan was a trooper this trip and even managed to catch a short nap as we parked him in an aircon'd building.
|I believe these houses are made of concrete with wood on the bottom. They look like they have actually resisted fire with their black color and tile roofs. There are heavy metal shutters that cover the windows.|
|This was the top of one of the storehouse buildings. not sure what it was about, but very interesting and eye-catching.|