Festivals Japan Kagoshima Kyushu

In Pictures: Chiran’s Nebuta Festival

August 4, 2015

Every year on the third Saturday of July, Chiran holds its own, miniature, version of the famed Nebuta Festival that takes place in Aomori City. Large washi lanterns, decorated with images of legendary warriors, are hand-wheeled up and down the town’s main shopping street, accompanied by drums, flutes and dancing. In the  Chiran adaptation, the performers still wear the traditional haneto costume and chant “rassera, rassera’ to liven up the crowd, but it has a character of its own, with a smaller crowd and oozing a charm that only small towns can.

Traditionally a night-time festival, the main parade begins at sunset, but since we had been around the whole day, Mark and I got to check out a smaller parade earlier too. Students from the town showed off their own mini handmade floats and, in what I’m sure was a welcome relief from the heat, were sprayed with water as they paraded down the street.

_MG_7008

_MG_6989

_MG_7005

_MG_6988

_MG_7058

_MG_7060
_MG_7063

_MG_7067

_MG_7092

_MG_7117

_MG_7154

_MG_7206
_MG_7145

_MG_7180

_MG_7219

_MG_7173

_MG_7142

_MG_7200

_MG_7202

_MG_7224

_MG_7234

_MG_7262
_MG_7328

_MG_7333

_MG_7310

_MG_7336

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: