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Friday, August 02, 2013

Hirosaki Neputa Festival 2013

ねぷた祭り

Hirosaki hosts its Neputa Festival while the similar Nebuta Festival takes place in nearby Aomori city.

Hirosaki Neputa drum


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 drum and flute music and dancing.

There are two courses for the floats: the Dotemachi and Ekimae Course. Dotemachi is a 15-20 minute walk from Hirosaki Station while the Ekimae Course is right at the station.

Hirosaki Neputa, Aomori


Neputa float, Hirosaki

The Neputa matsuri in Hirosaki runs from August 1-7 annually.

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