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Friday, August 02, 2013

Hirosaki Neputa Festival 2013


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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