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! ^^!