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Blue Impulse at the Nyutabaru Air Festival

December 8, 2016

Last Saturday, generals at the Nyutabaru Air Base in Shintomi Town, Miyazaki, constructed and hung a giant teru teru bozu doll from the awning of the Fifth Air Wing offices. Traditionally believed to bring good weather, it was hoped the doll would eliminate the rain forecast for the following day, when the base would hold its annual air show.

The Nyutabaru Air Festival is the biggest of its kind in western Japan. Every December up to 100,000 aviation enthusiasts and photographers from all over the country descend on the aerodrome, just a 40 minute drive from Miyazaki City.

Visitors can explore the base, see various airplanes and equipment from the Japanese military on display, and grab a bite to eat from one of many food stalls, or shop for souvenirs at pop-up stalls selling caps, t-shirts, bags, posters and DVDs of Japanese aircraft. But the festival’s biggest attraction is an hour-long display by the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) aerobatic demonstration team, Blue Impulse.

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Festivals Japan Kyushu Miyazaki

Nyutabaru Air Festival

December 8, 2014

I’ve barely left my apartment these past two weekends: a last effort in tightening the purse strings before my big trip to New York later this month (12 days and counting!). But to be honest, in this weather, I didn’t need much of an excuse.

On Sunday, though, I decided to brave the cold and go check out the Nyutabaru Air Festival in Shintomi Town with my friend, Mark. At least we could suffer together: like me, he hails from the southern hemisphere. It’s also his first winter in Japan – poor thing.

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