Aomori Nebuta Festival (青森ねぶた祭), Aomori
Featuring magnificent floats, the Aomori Nebuta Festival attracts the most tourists of any of Japan’s nebuta festivals. Its origins are believed to date to the 9th century when General Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro’s army created fearsome creatures to scare their enemy away.
Floats based on famous historical and mythological Japanese characters are carried through the streets by costumed dancers known as haneto and taiko drummers who invite onlookers to join the parade.
Event dates: August 2-7 2019
The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
One of the most impressive festivals in Japan takes place in the northern city of Aomori …