Various floats of Neputa in a fan shape or in a combined structure in different sizes illuminate the sky in a castle town Hirosaki. Kids cheerfully yell “Yahyadaw!” while people along the street applause it enthusiastically. Hirosaki Neputa parades grandly in rather slow rhythm and creates a solemn atmosphere when going into battle. The finale is capped with the seventh day bonfire, which started to pray for recovery from the 3.11 quake and repose of souls. On the last day of the festival, floats that worked hard for seven days during the festival are fired on the riverbed of Iwakigawa River to melancholy tune of returning festival music. Neputa floats lined up along the bank start revolving all at once. Bonfire rising to the sky with people’s wishes for repose of souls and recovery add extra colors to short summer in Tsugaru.
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