Aomori Nebuta Festival is a Japanese summer festival that is considered one of the Big Three Fire Festivals in Japan.
Every year, from 2nd August to 6th August, the city of Aomori comes to life with fireworks, lanterns, and folk music. The highlight of the event is the “Nebuta”, which is a float of a warrior figure that is carried all around the city. During the procession, dancers wearing traditional and unique costumes dance and chant around the float. On the evening of 7th August, the float is carried into the sea, signifying the end of the celebrations.
Nearly two dozen floats are created by the locals and these floats take almost a week to complete. The floats follow a fixed dimension – 9 metres wide and 5 metres tall – depicting historical or mythical figures from both Japanese and Chinese cultures.
The first two nights of the festival only showcase two-thirds of the celebrations that are to follow. On day three to day five, the celebrations are in full swing and the different nebutas are visible. On day six, all the floats are carried onto the water, following which is a 2-hour firework display is enjoyed by the crowds.
Free seating is available to all the spectators at the event, covering the expanse of the 3km parade. Participation is often encouraged as the entourage walks the streets, however only those wearing the traditional costumes (which are available in the stores for purchase or rent) are chosen to join the parade.
This festival is a typical celebration of life, to be enjoyed with dance, music, and food, in the company of your near and dear ones.
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