While the Nebuta Festival in nearby Aomori city is in full swing, the similar Neputa Festival in Hirosaki is taking place from August 1-7.
Hirosaki's Neputa Festival features a nightly procession of around sixty illuminated lantern floats featuring legendary stories depicted in the design of the fan-shaped floats, accompanied by traditional flute and drum music and dancing.
Hirosaki's festival is less-well known than it's neighbor's Nebuta and is more low-key. However visitors to Aomori Prefecture should try to see both matsuri.
Hirosaki city official site (English)
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