Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (Nebuta Festival)
Aomori Nebuta Festival is said to have originated from Toro Nagashi (an event in which paper lanterns are floated down a river) of the Tanabata Festival (Japanese star festival). With haneto (dancers) dancing to a jaunty and rhythmic ohayashi tune of music along with 22 floats being carried around, Nebuta excitement lifts people’s spirits to fully appreciate the short summer of Aomori. More than 3 million tourists come to see this festival every year. The festival has been designated a Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Japan.