Amazing festivals symbolize Japan

There are roughly 8 areas in Japan. One of them, Tohoku area that is made up of 6 prefectures will become special in summer. Each prefecture has its unique summer festival and hold it in summer at the same time. Looking, feeling and atmosphere are all different to each other. Today I'll show you two of them. I'd like you to go see such wonderful, elegant and enchanting festivals.

1. Nebuta festival in Aomori prefecture

Speaking of the festival of Aomori, it's Nebuta festival. People walk in city pushing, pulling and sometimes spinning Nebuta to look like it's really moving. Nebuta is made from many parts with lots of work. The frame is made from wood, wires and string. When the frame is finished, stick on washi paper and paint it with a special ink. They say it takes around 3 month to make it. You'll get amazed by Nebuta made by lots of effort of them. You can be part of Nebuta festival as a danccer called haneto. You can sing a song and dance in haneto costume in the festival. Together make the festival more excited!

2. Kantou festival in Akita prefecture

In this festival, people lift up a long bamboo pole with many lanterns in different ways. It is said that the pole means rice plant and the festival goes for rice field gods. They lift the pole with their hands, shoulders, forehead or hips. Some skillful people do another thing such as spinning Japanese umbrella while lifting it. Amazing, isn't it? In addition, they add another bamboo pole to the one while lifting. You can see incredible technique of them. There's nothing quite like Kantou festival. The scene of when all the pole stand up at the same time is really fantastic. The pole is really heavier than its look. A bigger one is about 50kg, but people lift it up with the part of their body. On top of that, while they are lifting it, they hand it out to another people without dropping it. I'm sure you'll be absorbed in a beautiful sight of many lanterns in the sky, but don't forget to watch amazing techniques of skillful people as well.



1.ねぶた祭り in 青森県


2.竿燈祭り in 秋田県


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