The 2015 Aomori Nebuta matsuri starts tomorrow in Aomori city in the Tohoku area of northern Japan and runs this year from August 2 until August 7.
This year's Nebuta festival features a Children's Nebuta procession on the evening of August 2 and main processions on the evenings of August 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th.
On the final day there is a day time procession with the festival concluding with a boat parade in Aomori Bay when seven floats are loaded on to boats followed by a massive fireworks display from 7-9pm.
The nebuta floats are large wire frames (previously they were constructed from bamboo) covered with Japanese washi paper, which have been beautifully painted.
The images painted on the floats range from fierce samurai warriors, historical figures and sometimes more contemporary icons including manga and anime characters. The floats are illuminated from within by light bulbs which have replaced the previously used candles, which were a fire hazard.
Prizes are awarded to the best floats and onlookers are encouraged to purchase or hire a haneto costume and join in the chayashi dances.
Nebuta Festival Official Site
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