Aomori Nebuta festival in Japan brings colors to life

The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (“Aomori Nebuta Festival” or simply “Aomori Nebuta”) is a Japanese summer festival that takes place in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The festival attracts the most tourists of any of the country’s nebuta festivals, and is counted among the three largest festivals in the Tōhoku region.

Large illuminated floats of glowing figures—Nebuta—parade through town, and are newly crafted each year based on themes such as well-known kabuki scenes, historical moments or mythologies.  The giant papier-mache creations are incredible, which is why more than 3 million people come to visit each year. Unlike typical parade floats, the Nebuta Matsuri floats can range between 15 to 30 feet tall, made of fragile washi paper, hand-designed wire and a bamboo frame.

Prizes are handed to the best Nebutas, judged by design, music & chanting, parade performance and the Haneto’s dancing. The Nebuta Grand Prize is given to the group with the most fantastically built float, best parade performance, and the outstanding unity of the members’ moves and rhythm. The winner Nebutagoes on a showcase parade.

The vibrant colors, use of lights, and the artistry are amazing.  Nebuta Matsuri is a breathtaking and unique festival that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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