Wednesday, August 11, 2010
It was quite the experience, for a solid 2hours the parade travels around the city and you literally jump the entire time! The cycle home that night was quite a struggle but the night was well worth the insane body pain I felt the next day. The atmosphere is so electric you get lost in this world with the drums ringing in your ears and the colours flashing in your eye. Along with jumping you also chant, so a leader will say something which I think is ah-rasta-ra ah-rasta-ra and the crowd respond, I picked up ah-rasta-rasta-rsta-raa as the response and stuck with that. It is a special sort of jump which takes a few seconds to master. Basicly you jump on each leg twice and you can spice it up by lifting your knees higher or with more enthusiasm. Having the festival at night means the floats look alive and also means you can head for well needed beers afterwards which is ideal. I’ll never forget my first Nebuta festival and I hope it is the first of many….
|Kids playing the symbols|
|The Calm after the Storm|
Nebuta takes two….just as you think it’s all done (which is very sad) you get a bonus trip to the next town, which is very happy, to check out another Nebuta festival! So there was a huge firworks display to end Aomori’s Nebuta which was amazing as we got in on a great spot to view all the sparkly bangs. People lay out huge sheets of plastic (tarp) which you sit on, some go down at about 10pm the previous night to book the spots and check it 2 or 3times during the night! Thankfully we just knew someone who had done this tedious job, her name is Rumiko and she’s great!
Anways back to Tachi Nebuta, so it’s the same idea but the floats are huge in height instead of width, seriously tall floats! The roads are actually built for the floats so no electricity wires are ever built over the road ways. The town literally works aroud the Nebuta festival. They are far crazier people in this festival parade, crazy as in more drunk and they wear far less clothing! Their hair I could not get over, it was extremely impressive, sculptured up high with feathers and bows everywhere, you should see the height some of them managed to get to. Ate lots of Edamame (green beans), had some lovely beer whilst sitting on the road side with the sunset waiting for the parade to start!