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The Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of Japan's most colorful festivals but it has a dark and strange history.

The Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of Japan's most colorful festivals but it has a dark and strange history.

Illuminated samurai lantern at the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture (© smoke - Fotolia.com)

Illuminated samurai lantern at the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki Castle, Aomori.

Winter in Aomori is spectacular with the Hirosaki castle snow lantern festival.

Aomori Nebuta Festival - GOOD LIFE XPLORERS

Aomori Nebuta Festival

The Aomori Nebuta Festival is held every August in the city of Aomori, in the North of Japan. A colorful festival involving floats made of rice paper.

Traditional Kingyo Neputa(Golden Fish Neputa Lantern) in Aomori,Japan  @あろはろは日記:2008年09月

Traditional Kingyo Neputa(Golden Fish Neputa Lantern) in Aomori,Japan @あろはろは日記:2008年09月

Cherry blossoms...  Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

Cherry blossoms... Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

「津軽塗」の画像検索結果

「津軽塗」の画像検索結果

Nebuta Festival  Aomori, Japan

Nebuta Festival Aomori, Japan

こみせ通り

こみせ通り

Neputa Matsuri/Aomori Pref.

Neputa Matsuri/Aomori Pref.

Little girl mesmerized by the rhythms of the night--Aomori, Japan Nebuta Festival 2012 (Photo by my very talented friend Laura; I was too enchanted by the lights and the drumbeats and the chants and the yakisoba and the chu-hi  to handle a camera with any skill. ;) )

Little girl mesmerized by the rhythms of the night--Aomori, Japan Nebuta Festival 2012 (Photo by my very talented friend Laura; I was too enchanted by the lights and the drumbeats and the chants and the yakisoba and the chu-hi to handle a camera with any skill. ;) )

弘前ねぶた祭り2.

弘前ねぶた祭り2.

青森ねぶた祭 オフィシャルサイト

青森ねぶた祭 オフィシャルサイト