Nejyo Castle

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By bakatori
The unexpected journey
Feb 2013
Hachinohe. Before all I know about this place - a station which I took the Tohoku bus to Towadako. The night before my Towadako trip, I stayed at Hon-Hachinohe (cheaper). I usually wakes up early as I am and still is a firm believer that one should never waste time on your bed. All your time should be out there, exploring the unknown. With much time on my hands, I decided to make a side trip to Nejo Castle which is less than half an hour's walk from my hotel. I must say, this journey ended up very different from what I had intended. As I was walking with Nejo Castle as my supposed destination, I realized that the atmosphere of this supposedly quiet town was not normal. It was charged with expectation and anticipation. There were tents set up in front of the Hachinohe City office, although it was too early for anyone or anything there. Grabbing a local off the street, after much effort with my limited Japanese, I gathered it was their Enburi Festival. And it began at the temple, 新羅神社which was about half an hour's walk from the city office. Not knowing what to expect, and at the same time, feeling the rush of adrenalin of discovering something unexpected, I hurried along, not wanting to waste a single second. As usual with all my travel in Tohoku, I will often meet up with some kind hearted soul, who will go all out of their way to show me the direction, I managed to reach the temple in time for the ritual. Dancers, young and old, in their colorful traditional costumes, dancing in the flying snow. Dances depicting a fisherman embroiled in a tug of war with his catch, the fisherman singing and dancing with his fishing rod. A dance that calls for the wakening of the kamisama whom sleep underneath. The male dancers hit the ground with their Enburi ( a farming tool) to wake up the gods so that they can bless them with good harvest. As they dance, their colorful headgears sway and swing, almost touching the ground, all in unison, all united in the hope of good blessings from their Kamisamas. It was very cold, but none of them seemed to notice. Their hands were bare, their feet encased in straw footgear, their cheeks glowed bright pink, young and old, boys and girls all joined in the celebration of hope, of blessing, of abundance. I stood in the temple ground, shaking with cold, torn between my compulsion to follow the schedule and my impulsion to stay longer and heck with the stupid schedule. In the end, impulsion won, Towadako can wait a little longer. This was something that was unexpected and given to me by Kamisama and thus should be savored and enjoyed thoroughly. Failure to comply will definitely result in never-ending regrets. That was what I thought and believe. Every minute of life should be enjoyed and I will enjoy them to the fullest. With that thought, I followed the procession all the way to the town and had a really wonderful day. Needless to say, I missed my 10:00am bus. As I waited for my last bus at 13:20 to Towadako, I thought to myself, "this is how traveling should be, To expect the unexpected and to grab the moment and make every minute count"

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Warner L
Pasadena, CA668 contributions
Nov 2019
I was taken back by how impressive this visit was. If near Hachinohe I recommend you take the time to see this recreation of Japanese history. I am pleased I did.
Written 3 November 2019
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bakatori
Singapore, Singapore545 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
Hachinohe. Before all I know about this place - a station which I took the Tohoku bus to Towadako.
The night before my Towadako trip, I stayed at Hon-Hachinohe (cheaper). I usually wakes up early as I am and still is a firm believer that one should never waste time on your bed. All your time should be out there, exploring the unknown. With much time on my hands, I decided to make a side trip to Nejo Castle which is less than half an hour's walk from my hotel.
I must say, this journey ended up very different from what I had intended.
As I was walking with Nejo Castle as my supposed destination, I realized that the atmosphere of this supposedly quiet town was not normal. It was charged with expectation and anticipation. There were tents set up in front of the Hachinohe City office, although it was too early for anyone or anything there. Grabbing a local off the street, after much effort with my limited Japanese, I gathered it was their Enburi Festival. And it began at the temple, 新羅神社which was about half an hour's walk from the city office. Not knowing what to expect, and at the same time, feeling the rush of adrenalin of discovering something unexpected, I hurried along, not wanting to waste a single second. As usual with all my travel in Tohoku, I will often meet up with some kind hearted soul, who will go all out of their way to show me the direction, I managed to reach the temple in time for the ritual. Dancers, young and old, in their colorful traditional costumes, dancing in the flying snow. Dances depicting a fisherman embroiled in a tug of war with his catch, the fisherman singing and dancing with his fishing rod. A dance that calls for the wakening of the kamisama whom sleep underneath. The male dancers hit the ground with their Enburi ( a farming tool) to wake up the gods so that they can bless them with good harvest. As they dance, their colorful headgears sway and swing, almost touching the ground, all in unison, all united in the hope of good blessings from their Kamisamas.
It was very cold, but none of them seemed to notice. Their hands were bare, their feet encased in straw footgear, their cheeks glowed bright pink, young and old, boys and girls all joined in the celebration of hope, of blessing, of abundance.
I stood in the temple ground, shaking with cold, torn between my compulsion to follow the schedule and my impulsion to stay longer and heck with the stupid schedule. In the end, impulsion won, Towadako can wait a little longer. This was something that was unexpected and given to me by Kamisama and thus should be savored and enjoyed thoroughly. Failure to comply will definitely result in never-ending regrets. That was what I thought and believe. Every minute of life should be enjoyed and I will enjoy them to the fullest.
With that thought, I followed the procession all the way to the town and had a really wonderful day. Needless to say, I missed my 10:00am bus.
As I waited for my last bus at 13:20 to Towadako, I thought to myself, "this is how traveling should be, To expect the unexpected and to grab the moment and make every minute count"
Written 27 May 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RichardParronIII
Misawa, Japan8 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
The Nejyo Plaza in Hachinohe, Japan, provided knowledge of the Nejyo Castle. It has thatched wtorerooms, Lord Nanbu's living quarters, wooden storerooms, a workshops, stables, and an annex. To get in it costs 250 yen per adult. If you want to go into the museum that is also on the compound it will cost an additional 400 yen per adult. Overall, it was a nice place to spend some time. Nejyo Plaza is open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., but closed on Mondays.
Written 6 January 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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