Nebuta Festival

Region: Tohoku

City: Aomori

What is it?

The "Nebuta(paper-mache floats representing men, animals and birds)" are placed on carriage and pulled through the streets. Each gigantic "Nebuta" is lit up from inside the float, creating a fantastic atmosphere of the festival. The floats are usually reprsentation of the famous historical figures, telling a dramatic scene of a particular story. Also, a special folk dance, "Haneto (literaly meaning, flying men) dance," accompanies the carnival of "Nebuta." Many spectators jump in to join the dance.

When is it?

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