平成22の丸亀城のパーテー – Marugame Castle Party 2010

Last weekend was the Marugame Castle Party, one that is very well attended by the foreign population in my Kagawa Prefecture.   There are about 90 people who show up, representing the JET program as well as a number of other private English education institutions and also a good number of our Japanese friends.

We get there around dinner time by train, though I had already eaten some fast food.  Though we go to the local super market to stock up on the necessities before we head to the castle.  We get to the castle, but realize we have some very steep slope to scale before we are going to reach the summit of the castle grounds.  This particular castle has the highest walls in Japan, though the castle itself is nothing too special.  My group was among the first to arrive, so we just throw down some blankets and set to it.  There were about 10 of us initially, but we grew quickly.  The summit provided a 360 view of the city, which was beautiful and really made for a nice atmosphere.  Eventually we have about 80 people there just all making good on the night.  One nice thing was this Huntsman spider that came out of no where.  it was nearly the size of my palm and could jump a foot or so at a time.  Some people were scared for some reason…

After this, it was “Hey, let’s climb the castle wall time”.  Of course I was on board for this, as it was apparently a yearly tradition.  I had already done a 15 foot section of the wall after visiting the bathrooms, so I wasn’t worried.  When we get to the section that is traditionally climbed, I realized that this portion was about 90 feet tall and tapered off to vertical at the top.  The hand holds were abundant, so getting up the first parts was really easy.  Even at the top, the climbing wasn’t hard, it was just that the necessity of cautiousness came into play.  I only moved up when I had two very secure spots for my hands.  I was the last up the wall, due to caution, but I wans’t really scared.  Once we got to the top we just sat with our legs hanging off the edge enjoying the sights and enjoying our accomplishment.  Here are a few pictures to enjoy…

Nearing the Top…

We made it, whew!

The rest of the night consisted of winding down the chatter, and we went to check out a club nearby.   It was dead so we left right away and went back home, since it was already like 2:00am.  We ended up staying with one of the other JETs that live in the city.  We crammed 9 people into his 1 room dormitory.  Though I got there first and was able to get 1 of 3 spots on the futon.  I probably slept better than anyone…

In the morning we went to this hole in the wall place for ramen which was great.  It would be really easy to miss the place, there was a picture of the shop owner with Michael Jackson in Hawaii.  That was pretty funny.

So that was about the whole weekend. Another sweet time though.

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