As I said in my video yesterday (in French sorry), I was very disappointed not to attend the festival of lanterns in the snow, which was held earlier than expected.
Today the weather has been better than expected. I took the opportunity to visit in order :
- the funeral graves of the white tigers who committed suicide during a war in 1868. They were samurai who, during a fight, took refuge in the surrounding hills and thought they saw their master's castle burn. They then decided to commit suicide out of loyalty to their master. In reality, the castle did not burn and their master was alive. Their loyalty and loyalty is an example for the Japanese. I say that they were stupid to commit suicide but it must be said that they were 15 and 16 years old and therefore a little young. Only the youngest 14-year-old was not allowed to commit suicide.
- the Aizu Bukeyashiki samurai complex : it is a reconstructed master's residence where a master and all his samurai lived. You can visit the different rooms and discover the very strict way of life.
- the Tsuruga-jo castle and its moats.
A bit of local gastronomy to conclude: Aizu-Wakamatsu's specialty is Katsudon with a special coating : it is breaded pork (the breading is rather dark and soft) placed on a bed of minced cabbage and in a bowl rice.
I had the opportunity to taste this traditional dish from a menu accompanied by hot soba pasta.