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Matthew Haswell | profile | all galleries >> Japan 日本 >> Japanese Festivals 日本の祭り >> Aomori Nebuta Matsuri 青森ねぶた祭 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri 青森ねぶた祭 | Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri 弘前ねぷた祭 | Goshogawara Tachineputa Matsuri 五所川原立佞武多 | Akita Kantō Matsuri 秋田竿燈祭 | Nagoya Matsuri 名古屋祭り | Hirokōji Natsu Matsuri in Nagoya 広小路夏祭り | Arimatsu Shibori Matsuri 有松絞り祭 | Hime-no-miya Matsuri in Inuyama 犬山の姫の宮祭り | Hōnen Matsuri in Komaki 小牧の豊年祭 | Ichinomiya Tanabata Matsuri 一宮七夕祭り | Hikone-jō Matsuri 彦根城祭り | Tottori Shan Shan Matsuri 鳥取しゃんしゃん祭 | Hirado Jangara Matsuri 平戸ジャンガラ祭 | Naha Matsuri 那覇祭り

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri 青森ねぶた祭

Perhaps Tōhoku's most celebrated festival (and quite possibly its most crowded), the Aomori Nebuta Festival is famous across the country for its highly decorated, three-dimensional floats of samurai warriors, battle scenes and folklore demons. Held every August from the 2nd to the 7th, its centerpiece is a night procession of dancers and nebuta floats, with a day parade and evening bay-side event reserved for the final evening. With a crushing attendance of several million every year, the Nebuta Matsuri sees Aomori's accommodation network stretched to the limit, but its festivities are among the most unique in the country.
The parade attendants arrive
The parade attendants arrive
First nebuta float is ready to go
First nebuta float is ready to go
Souvenir uchiwa courtesy of NTT
Souvenir uchiwa courtesy of NTT
Listening to the flute music
Listening to the flute music
Lantern bearer in the parade
Lantern bearer in the parade
Dancer in yukata
Dancer in yukata
Jason?
Jason?
Group of dancers in local haneto costume
Group of dancers in local haneto costume
Clapping in the bon dance
Clapping in the bon dance
Swaying to the bon dance
Swaying to the bon dance
Bon dancer moving her arms to the dance
Bon dancer moving her arms to the dance
Banner for the upcoming bullet train extension
Banner for the upcoming bullet train extension
Miss Nebuta girls
"Miss Nebuta" girls
Waving to the crowd
Waving to the crowd
Human bullet train
Human bullet train
Showing the float to the crowd
Showing the float to the crowd
Old man in the parade
Old man in the parade
Guiding on a nebuta float
Guiding on a nebuta float
Polar bear float
Polar bear float
Energetic dance group in the procession
Energetic dance group in the procession
First of the large nebuta floats
First of the large nebuta floats
Detail of the float
Detail of the float
Young men pulling the float
Young men pulling the float
Group of float bearers
Group of float bearers
Row of taiko
Row of taiko
Onward comes another nebuta float
Onward comes another nebuta float
Pair of lantern bearers
Pair of lantern bearers
The Calpis crew
The Calpis crew
Smiling girl in haneto
Smiling girl in haneto
Giant nebuta float
Giant nebuta float
Green tea float
Green tea float
Waving lantern bearer
Waving lantern bearer
Lively nebuta float with blue demon
Lively nebuta float with blue demon
Samurai and horse on a nebuta float
Samurai and horse on a nebuta float
Reverse of a nebuta float
Reverse of a nebuta float
Mother carrying her daughter
Mother carrying her daughter
Kids pulling a small float
Kids pulling a small float
Group of men pushing on another float
Group of men pushing on another float
Demon figure atop the back of a float
Demon figure atop the back of a float
Woman astride a taiko drum
Woman astride a taiko drum
Parade participant with cymbals
Parade participant with cymbals
Plastic-wrapped nebuta float
Plastic-wrapped nebuta float
Local in the parade with paper lantern
Local in the parade with paper lantern
Nebuta float with dragon and samurai
Nebuta float with dragon and samurai
Samurai image detail
Samurai image detail
Women in the parade
Women in the parade
Another highly detailed float
Another highly detailed float
Closer view of the samurai figure
Closer view of the samurai figure
Taiko drummer in the parade
Taiko drummer in the parade
Man with demon head/masks
Man with demon head/masks
Giving instructions to the float carriers
Giving instructions to the float carriers
Crossdressing participant
Crossdressing participant
An odd prince
An odd prince
Group of young males pushing a float
Group of young males pushing a float
Three-dimensional battle float
Three-dimensional battle float
Detail of the blue demon
Detail of the blue demon
Smaller Pokemon-style float
Smaller Pokemon-style float
More peaceful image on the back of a nebuta float
More peaceful image on the back of a nebuta float
Oncoming nebuta float with dragon images
Oncoming nebuta float with dragon images
More beverage floats
More beverage floats
Mother with children in the parade
Mother with children in the parade
On comes the final float
On comes the final float
Warrior and turtle figures on the float
Warrior and turtle figures on the float
Festival yatai at sunset against the ASPAM Building
Festival yatai at sunset against the ASPAM Building