Aomori Nebuta Festival
After our beautiful tour in Hokkaido We took the shinkansen from Hokkaido to Tohoku and started our first day in Aomori .
It was already late afternoon when we left the hotel and went to see the display of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri floats. The festival was about to start only on the following evening but the celebration has already begun. Families were gathering along the waterfront where the floats were stabled. This area is called the Rassera Land and was crowded with people and food stalls. Dance performances were held on the stage and we felt happy for the given chance to see the floats from close. These were enormous, 15 to 30 feet tall floats. Each made of washi paper and a bamboo frame with lot of light bulbs from within the frame that illuminated the float. Some of the floats had the pictures of gods others of kabuki actors or mythological creatures. The colors and imagination of the paintings were amazing and we stayed for an hour before we went to look for a nice place to have dinner. We were lucky to find a small pub with about 8 sits, two of them on the tinny bar. As usual we had a good surprise- the food was tasty and the local beer great. As we entered our hotel room we heard the noise of the fireworks – a display of a few lovely minutes and we felt that we can call it a day