Hirosaki Neputa Festival

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri

Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan

August 1, 2018

Got off to a flying start for the summer vacation on August 1st. We rocketed up to Aomori Prefecture for the opening night of their Neputa Festival. For 200 years, communities have brought their giant lantern floats to parade them through the streets of Hirosaki. We were so lucky to get a hotel room for the night and front row seats right in front of the judges.

We were lucky to have a clear summer night and enjoy the lanterns escorted by tribes of huge taiko drums and flutes.