Aomori Nebuta Matsuri 青森ねぶた祭 Aomori (Aug.)
Nebuta are giant doll-shaped lanterns, the frames of which are covered with vibrantly colored washi paper. The name Nebuta is said to be a linguistic corruption of the word nemuri from nemuri nagashi, a custom passed down through the ages mainly in Aomori Prefecture, in which dolls are floated down a river to drive away sleepiness. The Hikite operate the Nebuta with dynamic vigor, the Hayashikata play the drums and flutes, and the Haneto dance and leap in time to the cries of “Rassera!” wearing unique summer kimono and decorated Hanagasa hats. They all unite to thrill tourists from Japan and overseas in this representative Matsuri of Japan.
See here for the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) matsuri page.
Aomori City, Aomori
Approx. 5 min. walk from Aomori station on the JR Tohoku main line (Aomori city center)