Aomori Nebuta Festival

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From August 2-7 every year, the streets of Central Aomori, Japan, are filled with colorful lantern floats called nebuta. The floats are built of wooden bases and metal frames, and coated with Japanese paper called washi. They often depict historical figures or kabuki and can take up to a year to complete. Costumed parade participants and dancers join in on the fun.