Colorful Tachi Neputa festival lights up Aomori Prefecture in Japan
An annual summer festival featuring colorful floats over 20 meters high with gigantic human figures opened in Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture Japan yesterday. The summer festival attracts throngs of locals and tourists from across the country. A total of 16 large and small floats — each vibrantly decorated and illuminated — started from the Tachineputa no Yakata museum and paraded down the heart of the city on the opening day, with chants of Yattemare, Yattemare (Go get ’em!) resonating in the midsummer night’s sky.
This year’s new attraction is a float called Onmyo Bonju Hokutosei, themed on legend that Heian-era ying-yang master Abeno Seimei (921-1005) built a temple on Mount Bonju in the cities of Goshogawara and Aomori. The festival, called Goshogawara Tachi Neputa, is being held in Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, through Aug. 8.