I was egar to get out for a beer or two after being in transit for more than 16 hours. That being said, I spent several hours in the airport lounges of Asiana in Tokyo and Incheon since the only way I could get to HCMC on the 27th was by buying a Business class ticket for the first half of the trip-it spoils you. This bar was across the street from my hotel, Mayflower (which isn't really that luxurious, but a good value at about $63 a night).
I ordered spring rolls, but have never seen ones like these, but not bad...
Shuri castle Seiden, royal seat for th eRyukyu Kingdom for 500 years.
We happened upon a festival while at Shuri Castle, it is called Hatagashira. The Hatagashira of Okinawa can be likened to the Mikoshi of
mainland Japan. A Mikoshi is a
portable Shinto shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the
vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade or
celebration. They are carried in a procession and hoisted up and downato a cahnt by the bearers. The Hayagashira does something similar and there are helper with y-sticks or ropes to make sure it doesn't topple over. They stop and proceede adn restart after lighting firecrackers to announce the next session. There were martial arts displays and I saw a wodden headed snapping dragon that you see during Chinese festivals-the Chinese influence is very apparent here.