Hirosaki Neputa Festival 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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 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 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 Neputa, Aomori

Neputa float, Hirosaki

Hirosaki city official site (English)

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