Huge monument, Tachi Neputa in Goshogawara city.
I had been off between 8/9-8/13 so I visited Aomori prefecture.
Aomori is located in the very north of main island of Japan.
It takes 3 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen.
Since I wanted to spend there as long as possible, I took the Shinkansen for 6:00 at Ueno station. (I needed to wake up at 4:30 am. Very early!)
This was not first time visiting Aomori. I've visited Hirosaki area to see cherry blossoms and central Aomori area to join Aomori Neputa Festival.
That's why this time I was planning to visit almost all area except that.
My highlight in this trip is seeing huge tachi neputa, or stand neputa in Goshogawara city.
At first I wasn't planning to go there. But to go to Tappi cape, we decided to stay at a hotel in Goshogawara city.
Usually hotels have many brochure about sightseeing spots, right?
I picked out one about the city among them without notice, then read it in my room.
I found out that Goshogawara city is known for Tachi Neputa.
Neputa is a float that flame is made from woods, wires and strings. And washi paper are stock on it.
And Aomori has many kinds of Neputa throughout the prefecture, such as Aomori Neputa, Hirosaki Neputa.. and so on. And Each one is different in shape of Neputa. Aomori neputa expands wide, Hirosaki Neputa has the shape of fans. And Tachi neputa expands very high!
Tachi Neputa literally means stand Neputa, so that's why they are tall.
I was amazed at the photos of Tachi Neputa. I got to want to go there.
The last day of my trip I visited Tachi Neputa museum. As soon as I entered the room, I was so excited about such a tall Neputa. They are quite taller than I expected.
There are 3 Tachi Neputa. Each one is around 20 meters and 20 tons.
The most surprising thing for me is that lower part of them is small, and getting up, upper part is big. I can't believe how they keep balance.
Always 3 Tachi Neputa walk around the city pulled by people.
A one of them is new every year. But why all of them aren't new every year?
It's because that it takes almost a year to create a new one and repair the others.
Tachi Neputa once started from Meiji period, about 100 years ago.
However while WWⅠ and WWⅡ the designs for it disappeared.
But around 30 years ago the designs were finally discovered. Then craftsman started creating Tachi Neputa with it again.
I saw the history of it in a video, and I was likely to cry at craftsman crying to finally reach their achievement.
All 3 Tachi Neputa appear from the museum at the end of the summer festival.
I was even amazed to see it in a video of the festival so I really want to see it in person someday.