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Aomori Nebuta Matsuri Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Numerous gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors. Bamboo and wooden frames are covered with paper illustrated with historic figures and pictures of samurai warriors along with birds and beasts. These are illuminated from inside and set up on yatai floats and cars parading the streets.
This event is held in the Tohoku District on July 7th according to the lunar calendar. Today, the festivals organized in Aomori and Hirosaki are especially well known, attracting tourists from all areas of Japan. They are ranked among the four largest festivals of Tohoku, together with the Akita Kanto Matsuri lantern festival (Akita City), the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri star festival (Sendai City) and the Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri flower hat festival (Yamagata City).

The greatest attractions of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri are the gorgeous and colorful three-dimensional nebuta designed after warrior dolls such as Ushiwakamaru and Benkei, bearing some resemblance to Kabuki, and the very wild dances performed by participants called haneto who march and dance merrily to the sounds of drums and festival music. In contrast, the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri is characterized by the 60 small and large fan-shaped neputa with pictures depicted from 'Sangokushi' or 'Three Kingdom Saga' and 'Suikoden' or 'Outlaws of the Marsh,' both of which are heroic legends handed down in China. The triumphant parade of neputa floats through the streets of Hirosaki in the late afternoon is particularly worth seeing.

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri: August 2nd-7th
Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri: August 1st-7th
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri: throughout Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri: throughout Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
The final event of Nepura Matsuri. A Neputa on the ship and around aomori bay, compete with fireworks.

Aomori Hanabi taikai
Fireworks display held under the cosponsorship of Neputa Matsuri
Date: August 7. start at 19:00 to 21:00
Place: Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture
Access: get off at Aomori sta. Tohoku line,get off bus at sakaemachi2, five minutes on foot, nearby Aoiumi-koen(Brue sea park)

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