Aomori #Day5-1 Tachineputa museum

Today's our last day. The bullet train we ride leaves around 3:00 p.m. from Shin-Aomori train station. We wake up earlier in the morning to spend as much time as we can then go to Tachineputa museum or stand nebuta float museum in Goshogawara city. Nebuta is like float and started from lantern in an old age. It is made of wire and washi paper. Craftsman create the outline with wire then stick on washi paper and paint it with a special ink. 
*There are two types of name "Nebuta" or "Neputa", but they are same.

Before going on, let me say something first. I high recommend this museum. It's must see place. I'll do say it many times. I'm sure you'll definitely be amazed and get satisfied there.


The samples of Nebuta float in areas in Aomori prefecture.
From right, Nebuta in Goshogawara city, Aomori city and Hirosaki city.

Aomori is famous for its tradition called Nebuta festival. Its shape is different in areas. For example, Nebuta in Aomori city is much wider, in Goshogawara city is much taller and in Hirosaki city is in the shape of fan. I think it's also interesting to find other differences between them seeing in person. 

Tachineputa that we see this time is quite rather big. The museum has three Thachineputa and each one goes out to the annual summer festival... from the museum! Creating one Tachineputa takes a lot of time so one of them is new and the others are the last two year's. This year's summer festival was supposed to take place, but ended up being cancelled because of COVID-19. However you can see this year's one at the museum.

Showing what Nebuta is created this year and the last two year.

Tachineputa is as tall as three-story-high buildings. There are three floors in the shape of spiral. Each floor shows its histories, explanations and so on. You first go up to the third floor by elevator and then go down rounding seeing them and Tachineputa from various angles. I think it's rare to see them from 360°. A short video about Tachineputa plays every around 20 minutes. Craftsmen's passion for revival of it really moves me. I'm about to cry.  The attitude for doing something seriously often impress people, don't you think? I can touch on their feeling even from the video even if I wasn't there.

Princess Kaguya.

Speaking of Tachineputa, all of them are made in much detail. At the festival it is pulled slowly and slowly by people. It's hard to imagine because it's so huge. Usually you think of one that its lower part is large and upper part is small to require stability. However Tachineputa isn't like that. It's getting bigger and bigger from lower to upper. Can you believe this? I can't believe. I think it might be lack of stability. But it isn't.

In the museum, I guess every an hour, the staff perform the situation of the festival like we're joining it. The sound of taiko is really nice for me. It makes me think of the summer festival. I'll feel like dancing to the sound.  They say "yattemare, yattemare" which means "do it" while making sound by some instruments. Festivals are fantastic. The sound of them is awesome. I'm happy I'm Japanese. I decide to join the festival in Goshogawara city someday.

Cute rabbits.


The words say "Goshogawara city in Aomori prefecture".

I guess we're there for about two hours. I hope that it means worth visiting there. It's full of things to see. I can't stop looking at Tachineputa filled with all the craftsmen's passion. Through learning its history I like it more and hope that it keeps on in the future.

There is also a cafe area inside. I try ice cream of apple that even the inside is red too. It's sweet and more sour than typical one. It's my favorite taste! Even the ice cream is tasty, the apple must be delicious.

The souvenir corner is nice too. It has many goods comes after Nebuta festival. I'm thinking a lot and end up buying nothing.

I highly recommend the Tachineputa museum when you travel to Aomori prefecture.

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最終日。新青森駅15時発だったので、めいっぱい回ったよー。
最初は、五所川原市の立佞武多の館へ。
これ、ほんと大事なことなので何回も言います。
ぜひ行ってください!!!!!!!入ってびっくり。何メートルあるの!???!?!えーーーーー!!!と連呼した。
20メートル前後だったかな。たしか。の立佞武多が3台、いました。
毎年3台が五所川原市の夏祭りで出陣します。1台は新作。あとの2台は昨年のおととしの。労力と時間がかなりかかるので、1年に1台しか新作は作れないのです。

そして今年はコロナで夏祭りが中止になったので、今年お目見えするはずだった今年の新作の子もいました。この立佞武多の館で作って組み立てて、この館から出陣するんですよー。
なんと、建物の壁が横にスライドする形で建物が開いて、そこから出陣なのです。

立佞武多は建物3階に匹敵する高さなので、1階から3階へエレベーターで上がって、ぐるぐるとフロアを下りながら、
立佞武多を360度見ながら、そして壁に飾られた立佞武多の歴史を見ることが出来ます。
何分かに1回は10分ほどのショートムービーが流れて、映像で、立佞武多の復活へ奮闘する人たちの話を見れます。
これがまた泣けるんだよなー。本気で取り組んだ人の姿ってぐっとくるものがあって…実際にその場にいなくても映像でも伝わってくる。
立佞武多は本当に細部まで徹底的に作られていて、感動です。360度見れるって、なかなか無いよ!
祭りでこれを引っ張るのも大変そうだなぁ。下が小さくて、上に行くにつれて形が大きくなっているから、(普通逆の方が安定するじゃない?)
ゆっくり、ゆっくり引っ張るんだって。
それでね、これは1時間に1回だったかな?スタッフさんが祭りの掛け声を実演してくれて。太鼓の音と、キンキン!となる楽器といっしょに「ヤッテマレーヤッテマレー」っていうんだよ~
実際にお祭りに来ている感覚になれた。祭り最高。太鼓の音、最高。日本で生まれ育って良かったぁって思った瞬間だった。
掛け声聞いてると自分も声出したくなる~!次は、お祭りに参加することを決意した。

立佞武多の館には2時間ぐらいいたかな?もう、とにかく見どころ満載。
行く価値あり。ずっといれる。色んな人の思いが詰まった作品は何時間でも見ていられる。
立佞武多の歴史を知ることで、さらに立佞武多への思いが増したし、これからも続いてほしいと、思った。

館内にカフェコーナーがあって、そこで、中まで赤いリンゴのソフトクリームがあって食べてみた!
写真は撮ってないんだけど、赤いクリームで味は甘酸っぱい感じ。私は好きな味
中まで赤いリンゴ、実際に食べてみたいなぁ。ソフトクリームであれだけおいしいなら絶対美味しいだろうなぁ。

あとお土産コーナーもとっても充実してて、佞武多グッズいっぱいあるよ!
どれ買おうかかなり迷った。結局買わなかったけど。

立佞武多の館はぜひ行ってほしい場所の一つです。

 

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