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Aomori Nebuta Festival

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Aomori Nebuta Festival 

Aomori-shi, Aomori Prefecture

Aomori Nebuta Festival is a summer festival held in Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture for 6 days from August 2 to 7 every year, and is one of the three great northeast festivals in Japan.

The festival’s origin is not certain but it is said that it is a deformation of the lantern shed from Tanabata Festival. It seems that it was a festival that people were familiar with for a long time since there was a record of a dance with a lantern carried around Yukawa town in the 1700’s. Since entering the war, it has continued to become larger as it is now.

A powerful lantern float, “Nebuta” feature subjects such as kabuki, history, myths etc. as a theme. Lively music accompanied by this nebuta, a body and mind dancing, and Haneto enthusiastically dancing in accordance with that music accompaniment becomes a triune and excites the festival.

This festival was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of Japan in 1980. During the festival period, approximately 2.7 million visitors gather from both domestic and foreign countries. Enjoy the passion and power of the leading fire festival in Japan!

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