Aomori’s Nebuta Festival is held every year in early August, but for those who can’t make it to the festival itself, Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse offers a glimpse into the experience year-round. The museum is kept dimly lit, the better to see the colorful, brightly illuminated parade floats on display.
The first part of the museum is a tunnel of sorts, the walls adorned with pictures and the history of the Nebuta Festival. You can try your hand at painting a classic Nebuta face, the part of the float that requires the most attention to detail and always takes the longest to complete.
In the main hall, large-scale, award-winning parade floats from the past year’s festival are on display in all their splendor. Smaller components of the floats are displayed on stands for visitors to touch and feel, both the wire frames beneath and the texture of the paper exterior. A large screen displays scenes from the festival, and throughout the day there are performances by ensembles playing festival music live.
The museum is a fantastic place to see the floats live and up close without having to jostle for a place in the festival streets. Please come take a look! Only 2 minutes walk from Aomori Station.