Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Nebuta-no-Ie Warasse

Japanese floats are always interesting. We've tried to plan our precious trip to see them in 2010 when we were in Akita and were visiting Tazawako but things didn't go our way. Oh well... 

Anyway, next time we visit the tip of Honshu Island, we'll visit Nebuta-no-Ie Warasse which is a museum and centre of creative culture. The interesting building (which unfortunately I don't have any photo of... YET) won 2011's WAN Civic Building Award. The award celebrates and promotes the best in international architecture for public use, by the way.

The place is located of Aomori Station (where we took that photo of the float up there), and at Nebuta-no-ie Warasse; which means A house of Nebuta Festival and its floats, one can view real sized floats and ornaments displayed. This is great, especially if one can't get to experience the Nebuta Festival itself; which happens in August in Aomori. 

One of the most vibrant, popular and definitely spectacular festival in Japan, the Nebuta festival sees 20 large nebuta paraded on the streets accompanied by drums, bamboo flutes not to mention a number of revelers in traditional attire or costumes called "Haneto". What's more awesome than seeing large floats depicting battle scenes in vibrant colours and you get to join in too!

p.s. not too sure the photo above can rightly represent my Nebuta Festival post but that's all I got for now. Plus, I can't read kanji. SORRY!  Don't shoot me! ^^!

14 comments:

  1. The festivals in Japan are amazing. You have to visit the Takayama Matsuri one year in April. It is one of the biggest and best in Japan with some truly spectacular floats.

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    1. I really need to make a special trip for those someday. :)

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  2. Their faces can be quite garang and scary but very colorful

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    1. Scary and absolutely attention grabbing. Habis all hantu scared looking at them! LOL

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  3. "Which unfortunately I don't have any photo of ... YET." That made me grin. That's the spirit!

    I've never been further north than Niigata. Isn't that an awful sin?!

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    1. No point of just wishing. Think +ve. ;)

      Sin? No... take your time. Walking takes longer than riding in a shinkansen, remember? You can walk up north slowly. ;p

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    2. WALK?! To Niigata?!

      Oh. Wait. That reminds me. Have you read the books of Alan Booth? OK, it's not about running, but it's about walking and walking and walking all over Japan. Great books.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Booth

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    3. Why not? ;p

      Have you entertain any idea of doing/walking the Nakasendo - on your own or with a group? :)

      Alan Booth eh? I haven't been reading much on books on Japan, I'm afraid (or any books for that matter) Need to rectify this somehow. ;p

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  4. The Kanji of the photo says "A series of leo" which is related to Nebuta.
    I also want to visit Nebuta festival someday.

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    1. Thank you for the translatio, Cocomino. :)

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  5. Hi. Nice capture. I have never gone to see Nebuta festival. My daughter did Nebuta dance when she was in Kinder garden.
    It was very rhythmical.

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    1. I would love to see the dance. :)

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  6. We won't shoot you, Lina :D
    We will love you ^0^

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