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Festival of Light: Experiencing the Nebuta Matsuri

A young American returns to Aomori to take part in the 2012 Nebuta Matsuri. A report on the spirit and history behind Tōhoku’s most thrilling summer party.

“Nebuta Baka” Festival Fever in Aomori

Every year, the city of Aomori is swept up in a frenzy of excitement as gargantuan illuminated festival floats parade through the streets of the city. The high spirits of summer are as much a part of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri as the festival’s iconic giant lanterns. Get a taste of the mania that sweeps Aomori each August: “Nebuta Baka.”

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