Aomori Nebuta Matsuri   青森ねぶた祭り

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Nebuta Matsuri

Nebuta matsuri

Night Parade

Aomori Nebuta matsuri, also known as Nebuta Matsuri, is one of the three largest festivals in the Tohoku region. It takes place every summer in the city of Aomori, between the 1st and the 7th of August.

Nebuta Matsuri floats are adorned with the faces of famous characters in history and Japanese mythology.

Celebratory floats

The Aomori Nebuta matsuri dates back 300 years. This festival was traditionally organized on July 7th, according to the lunar calendar. Wooden and bamboo structures are covered with paper, then hand painted  to represent historical figures, samurai and legendary beasts. Mounted on floats, the structures, called nebuta, are illuminated. Not to be confused with the festival Neputa matsuri, which takes place in the nearby town of Hirosaki!

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Today, the festivals of Aomori and Hirosaki are very popular and attract many tourists. They are among the four biggest festivals in the Tohoku region, with the Akita Kanto matsuri lantern festival in Akita, the Sendai Tanabata festival and Yamagata Hanagasa floral hats festival in Yamagata.

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On 1 August there is an opening ceremony. From 2nd to 6th of August, the evenings of the city are a theater of nocturnal parades, where you can admire at leisure these paper giants. Finally, the festival ends with a fireworks display on the 7th. Put on your most beautiful yukata haneto!

Aomori Nebuta matsuri Festival 2015, Video by ONLY in JAPAN.

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