The Nebuta Festival held every August in Aomori City attracts more than 2 million tourists.

The Nebuta Festival seems to have originally been a general summer festival held everywhere in the Tohoku region, but now it can only be seen in Aomori Prefecture, especially in Aomori City, Hirosaki City, Goshogawara City and so on. However, among these Nebuta Festivals, the one in Aomori City stands out in terms of scale and gorgeousness. Huge and colorful paper lanterns like the one in the photo parade through the town, and the people called Haneto dance in a unique rhythm with musical accompaniment. These festival groups bring a peculiar excitement into the night of Aomori City. Many sightseers from all over Japan flock to Aomori City, located on the northern tip of Honshu main island of Japan, to see and join this unique summer festival. The makers of these decorative giant paper lanterns are called Nebuta-shi (Nebuta masters), and there are 14 Nebuta-shi in Aomori City. They have become the object of admiration among the local children, and they make beautiful giant paper lanterns for the Nebuta Festival every summer according to their style. In addition, in the shadow of the Nebuta-shi, there are the people who are contracted to do electricial wiring and paper pasting, and if you include these people, about 300 people are involved in the creation of these festival lanterns.


Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

全国通訳案内士 高木聖久。



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