The Nebuta Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Japan, taking place in Aomori every year in August. The Nebuta are large paper lantern floats, which are created anew each year by skilled craftsmen. The large floats are accompanied through the streets by a procession of traditional music and dancing.
For those who cannot make the festival in August, or those who want a year round dose of lantern magic, the ‘Nebuta-no-ie Warasse’ museum is the perfect place. The building itself resembles a giant lantern made of twisted red paper ribbons. These twelve meter tall steel ribbons twist and fold to allow light and pedestrians to enter. Once inside the museum, the lighting is suitably dimmed and the bright colours of the lanterns transport the viewer to the mythical world of the Nebuta.