Yes, I’m gonna keep calling Osaka Aquapolis.
Time for another foray into video! What should befall me one night, as I wandered my neighborhood in search of cheap grub, but the sound of festival drumming.
A boat parade down the Dotonbori canal- the one Colonel Sanders took a dive into back in the 1980s. The rowboats above were just the vanguard. After traveling up and down the canal a few times, the rowers turned back upstream to the Okawa river. A procession of much larger boats followed, each taken out by a local business around the canal area, and each featuring live music in a cacophony of styles. There were boats with traditional drummers, old-timey jazz, ancient imperial court music (complete with dance and period costume), and even a boat with a DJ spinning breakbeats, celebrating their Aquapolitan-ness.
Yes, there is real fire on that boat.
The parade was real short but fantastic while it lasted. I kinda forgot I was hungry for a while.