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Dive into the Neputa festival in Hirosaki! Rare chance to be a main participant in the parade!











- Join the festival by parading a giant “Neputa” float with a local festival team!
- Wear the same festival costume as the locals!
- Attract the attention of the large crowd that lines the streets
- After the parade, join a wrap-up party with the locals! Toast together with canned beer!
- Come in T-shirts, shorts and sneakers.
* You can purchase optional work tabi (split-toed cloth shoes with rubber soles) toe-socks and half-crotch Japanese shorts to lift your costume game and look just like one of the locals!

[Neputa operation system & possible positions]
The number of people involved in the parading of each Neputa float can exceed 200 in cases of the extra large floats. The members of each team share several roles when parading the Neputa.
During this program, you will experience one of the following roles marked with "#".

* Float operation manager…A conductor and director who manages the entire operation while carrying lanterns printed with the names of the represented town and/or organization.
* Aidori…the person in charge of directing the Neputa float to avoid obstacles

* Large paper lantern…The person who walks at the front of the procession with a tall lantern printed with the name of the town or group.
* Ceremonial staff handler…The role of walking with a long ceremonial staff, making sound as the staff hits the ground.
# Hand-held Neputa carrier…Hold a small Neputa lantern in your hand, usually in the shape of a square, fan or and goldfish.
* Front Neputa…The role of pushing along a smaller Neputa float in front of the main large Neputa float.
# Neputa (rope) …A group of 10 to 20 people who hold a rope connected to the main body of the main float to tow it along.
# Neputa (Body) …Push / apply brakes to stop the main Neputa from the position directly below the main body of the float.
* Taiko…A group of taiko drummers that follow behind the main Neputa float, controlling the rhythm of the festival music.
* Ohayashi…The role of playing the flute and handrail gong
* Kawarikuji…The director who selects the songs played by the Neputa musicians.








Address At Machinaka-Joho-center (94-1, Dotemachi, Hirosaki, Aomori)


Number Of Participants Only 1-10 persons / per day


Start Time 18:00-21:00


Run Term From Aug.03 2020 To Aug.04 2020


Story

* What is NEPUTA/NEBUTA?
Why not discover ‘behind the scenes’ of Aomori at an event only seen during the first week of August? Every year from August 1 to 7, the people of Aomori Prefecture focus everything on one event – the ‘Neputa’ (or Nebuta) festival! Those from Aomori City typically call it ‘Nebuta’ and those from Hirosaki call it ‘Neputa’. By the way, ‘Neputa’ is a convenient word that refers to both the majestic floats of the festival as well as the festival as a whole – it’s a little complicated, isn’t it?

* What is NEPUTA/NEBUTA?

* What is NEPUTA/NEBUTA?

* Features of the Hirosaki Neputa
There are two main types of floats, fan-shaped and figure-shaped. In Hirosaki City, the majority of floats are fan-shaped. On the front side of the big fan you will find a colorful painting of a brave warrior scene from "Sangokushi, Three Kingdoms" or "Suikoden, The Water Margin" folktales, while the other side is often drawn with a bewitching beauty. The contrast of the two scenes is one of the main attractions of Hirosaki Neputa. Another unique feature of the Hirosaki Neputa is the call of ‘Ya-ya-dou’ that is cried out by the participants as they pull the floats slowly along.

* Features of the Hirosaki Neputa

* Features of the Hirosaki Neputa

* Origin of the NEPUTA festival
There are various theories about the origin of "Neputa", but it was originally an event held by Aomori farmers. It is believed that the "Neputa" festival serves the function of resting the body and opening the mind after the hard farm labor of Spring, in preparation for the coming Autumn harvest.
It might be a foreign concept for many, but in countryside Japan it is said that lazy habits and drowsiness of summer are evils that would hinder the Autumn harvest. To keep them at bay, this event has been held during the Tanabata festival in rural areas since ancient times. In the local Tsugaru dialect, "I want to sleep" is pronounced "Nepute", but overtime this word changed to "Neputa", and became the name of the event itself. Unlike many other Japanese festivals, "Neputa" is not a festival or ritual associated with a shrine or temple, but an event occurring among the common people. Prayers for a bountiful harvest and protection from catastrophes and disease are entrusted to the Neputa instead of praying to God. This annual event is an important source of energy and encouragement for the people of Aomori.

* NEPUTA is the soul of the AOMORI people!
This event brings together the local people in their shared hope for a bountiful Autumn to overcome the long, cold winter. For the Aomori people, "Neputa" is not only their soul and spirit, but it is maybe even Aomori itself. Oh, it is also a unique characteristic of Neputa that visitors can join-in the action! Why not take this rare chance to discover ‘behind the scenes’of Aomori – something you usually wouldn’t even catch a glimpse of?


Timetable Meet 17:30
* Optional
At Machinaka-Joho-center (94-1, Dotemachi, Hirosaki, Aomori)

17:30-18:10 Shop for work tabi (split-toed cloth shoes with rubber soles) toe-socks, half-crotch shorts etc.
* Optional
* tabi (3,000-4,000JPY), toe-socks (around 500JPY), half-crotch shorts (2,000JPY)
Please purchase at your own cost

18:30 All members meet
At Machinaka-Joho-center (94-1, Dotemachi, Hirosaki, Aomori)

18:30〜18:50 Move to Neputa float
(about 10min) on foot.
Our staff will guide you to the starting position of the Neputa parade.

18:50〜19:00 Greet festival team
Meet with the festival team who you will parade the float with.

19:00〜21:00 Neputa parade experience
19:00〜21:00 You will join the parading of the Neputa from your assigned position.

21:00〜22:00 Wrap-up party with the locals
Party with everyone who participated in the parade, enjoying some canned beer and snacks!


Outline * What’s Included
- Private English speaking guide (2 persons)
- Law cover (loaned from service organization)
- Mineral water (free flow)
- Canned beer at launch, alcohol drinks, soft drinks (several bottles)
- Simple knob
- Rice ball

* Not included
- Transport
- any hotel accommodation
- Rain gear
** Any additional meals and drinks
** ything not included in the above 'included' list
** Optional basement socks, five-finger socks, and half-crotch pulling are optional.


Meeting place At Machinaka-Joho-center (94-1, Dotemachi, Hirosaki, Aomori)
* Please gather 10 minutes before the specified time


Cancellation Policy More than 30 days: Deposit
15 days - 29 days prior: 30%
6 – 14 days prior: 70%
No show – 5 days prior: 100%


Notice * Attire
- T-shirt (any color, white or navy is preferred)
- Shorts (any color, preferably white or dark blue. Half-crotch shorts can be purchased)
- Sneakers (optional tabi socks and five-finger socks can be purchased)
- Towels (needed to wipe sweat. You may opt to purchase a Japanese towel)

* During the parade
- As this is an experience only available through the courtesy of local festival groups, please communicate and conduct yourself with consideration and gratitude.
- The Neputa floats are large and heavy. Please pay careful attention so as not to get injured.
- Please notify staff immediately if you are experiencing any trouble or feel unwell.
- Please notify the staff when you are thirsty and they will provide mineral water.

* Wrap-up party
Whilst some alcohol drinks such as canned beer and soft drinks are included in the ticket price, the number of drinks is limited so please enjoy in moderation. The same applies for snacks
that will also be provided.

* In case of rain
If the event itself is canceled, half the ticket price will be refunded at a later date.
In the case of rain, the parade may still go ahead with participants wearing rain gear.
You will not receive a refund if you do not participate at your own will.

* If you are late
-The Neputa parade will start on time. If you are late for the meeting time for unavoidable reasons, please call the emergency contact number (to be notified later).

* If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


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20,000 JPY per person (approx. $182)
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