Hachinohe Sansha Taisai – One of Aomori’s Three Major Festivals

Other than Nebuta Matsuri, do you know there are more summer festivals in Aomori? They are Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri, Goshogawara Tachi Neputa and Hachinohe Sansha Taisai.

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai held from July 31 to August 4 every year is the largest festival in this area with about 290 years of proud history and tradition as intangible cultural property.

Festival floats depict stories like Nebuta but unlike ones for Nebuta that are made of wire and Japanese paper, floats for this festival are decorated with splendid ornaments and mechanically unique as many dolls on the float rise gradually or smoke comes out from them.

Besides floats, it offers many more highlights including amusing tiger dance, lion dance and bamboo leaf dance.

To the graceful festival music of flute and drum and its original shout, 27 absolutely gorgeous floats paraded along the street. It was pleasant to watch a lot of little kids around the floats with adult participants. Traditional events are succeeded to next generation in this way!

The shout here is a bit different elegantly from one for Nebuta. If you come to Hachinohe Sansha Taisai next year, you will be able to notice that.

It is reported that the festival attracted 890,000 people this year.