Natsu-Matsuri in Aomori
Stripes Japan | .
published: July 14, 2016
Since summer is rather short, people in Aomori really enjoy Natsu-Matsuri (summer festivals). Shy, quiet, patient are typical characteristics of the people in Aomori, however, during Natsu-Matsuri we become energetic, enthusiastic and powerful!
Here are the festivals that are nationally-designated important intangible cultural property:
Hachinohe Sansha Taisai:
July 31– August 4
The festival has been around for 290 years, and will include a traditional costumed parade with about 27 gorgeous floats. “Sansha” means three shrines - Ogami, Shinra and Shinmeigu.
Hirosaki Neputa: August 1-7
The festival, which first started in 1722, will have about 80 heroic and splendid warrior picture floats parading through the castle town, Hirosaki. As the colorful floats pass by, join the parade and shout “Yah-ya-doh!”
Aomori Nebuta: August 2-7
More than 3 million people visit to see the 20 or so dynamic floats parade about 3.1 k.m. during the festival/carnival. August 2-6 will take place at night, while Aug. 7 is during the day. Proper costumes are available in major supermarkets or shops, and anybody can join to dance with the costume. For more information, visit the Nebuta House “Wa Rasse” near Aomori station.
There are also “Goshogawara Tachi-Neputa” from Aug. 4-8 and “Kuroishi Yosare” (bon-dance parade) Aug. 15-20.
Differences between “Neputa” and “Nebuta” is just regional dialects, but the 2D and 3D shapes are the same, as is the weather – really hot!