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Nebuta Museum WA RASSE

Nebuta Museum WA RASSE

The Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE is a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. At the museum you can experience every aspect of the festival. On display are 4 full-sized floats that participated in the festival in August, and Nebuta Faces that show the individuality of their respective creators

This is my second visit to Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE It is a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival Every year the best floats from the Nebuta Festival – which runs between 2-7 of August, are exhibited at the facility for the next 12 months So, in a way no two visits to the Nebuta House will ever be the same I have written an in-depth article on the nuances of the Nebuta festival and how the museum facilitates the unique tradition in the Aomori prefecture You can more about it here [ngg src=”galleries” ids=”116″ exclusions=”2137,2138,2139,2140,2141,2142,2143,2144,2146,2147,2149,2150,2148″
Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi

The Stone Sculptures of Veerabhadra Temple

Today we ride to a 16th century temple in Lepakshi. Hidden away in the suburbs of Andra Pradesh, this small town was sufficiently influenced by the stone sculptures of Vijayanagar Empire and includes a huge monolithic bull that sits staring at the Temple.

The forecast for the weekend had been bleak With frequent rains and cloudy days, I was a bit circumspect if we would eventually be able to go down to the Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi Fortunately for us, it turned out to be a lovely sunny day The Veerabhadra Temple lies not far from Bangalore in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh It is popular around these parts for its outstanding sculptures and ceiling paintings which represent the climax of the Vijayanagar Art towards the middle of the 16th century Built in the 1530 AD, the architectural features of the temple follow the Vijayanagar style to the detail, with numerous carvings and paintings at almost every
Kobe Harbour

An evening at Kobe Harbour

Mani & I took the train to Kobe to check out the stunning illuminated harbor but we were sucked into the Bon Odori festivities happening on the same day. Food and beer stalls were everywhere. Surrounded by a sea of Kimono clad couples, on a small wooden stage, a group of lovely ladies were dancing to traditional music. It was great fun watching this 500-year-old tradition that is celebrated yearly to honor the spirits of their ancestors.

Mani & I dropped in at Kobe in Hyōgo Prefecture today, to spend the evening at the stunning Harbor but we were pleasantly surprised by the Bon Odori festival happening on the same day! We used the Kansai Thru Pass to travel to Kobe The Kansai Pass, also called Surutto Pass, allows unlimited travel on most train lines in the Kansai area, barring the JR trains You can also avail the JR Kansai Area Pass for the same However if you are touring mostly the Kansai area, the Surrutto Pass offers the better value as it covers a denser network in the
Tougyoku Dolls Museum

The cute dolls of Tougyoku Doll Museum

We landed in Iwatsuki today to see the amazing Togyoku dolls. The collection at Tougyoku Dolls Museum is diverse and the exhibits include imperial court dolls and hina dolls among others. The town of Iwatsuki is famous for its cute dolls and is said to have over 300 doll-makers. They’ve been making dolls here since the 1700s when it was discovered that the Paulownia trees here are excellent for woodcarving. Soon the town became a center for the production of hina dolls, and the tradition continues to this day.

Today we go down to the quaint town of Iwatsuki in Saitama Prefecture, to witness the cute Hina Ningyo dolls Just like manga or anime that appeals to the young and old alike, these Japanese dolls from Saitama are loved by people of all generations Interestingly the name of “Saitama” originates from the Sakitama (埼玉郡) district Sakitama has a long history and even finds a place in the famous Man’yōshū (万葉集), the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, compiled sometime after 759 CE The colloquial pronunciation gradually changed from Sakitama to Saitama over the years Train from Takasaki to Iwatsuki We were staying at the Toyoko Inn at

Warrior dolls of Aomori Nebuta Museum

The Nebuta summer festival is a spectacular event held in Aomori Prefecture of Japan, where massive paper lantern floats based on kabuki or mythical stories, flanked by large taiko drums, musicians and dancers parade through the city. For those like me who missed the festival, the floats are kept back at the Museum to enjoy throughout the year.

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of the largest Japanese festivals in the Tōhoku region It is held every year at the beginning of August Unfortunately I missed it by a whisker However there is still a ray of hope for people like us if you visit Aomori during a different period of time, you can still enjoy a part of its beauty at the Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum in Aomori showcases some of the most spectacular Nebuta Floats from Aomori’s annual Nebuta Matsuri The museum is a great place to learn about the world-famous festival and everything Nebuta It walks the visitors through the history of Nebuta and it’s
Godzilla Tambo Art

Inakadate Tanbo Art

We took the train to Inakadate to witness the Tambo Art. Tambo Art is an art form originating in Japan where people plant rice of various types and colors to create a giant picture in a paddy field. The massive pictures are elaborately designed using perspective drawing methods to make them look their best when seen from a nearby observation platform.

Today we head down to Inakadate to witness the interesting Tanbo Rice Art fields Inakadate is one of the older places on Earth where rice cultivation was initiated In 1993, in order to honor this 2000 year old history, the people of this quaint village started a rice field behind the town hall and created a picture of Mt Iwaki using the paddy as a canvas Since then each year, the villagers create a new graphic using colored paddy that attracts visitors from far lands to see this innovative art We woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Aomori I was still under the spell of the magical sunset that swept us off
Watchtower at Sannai Maruyama Ruins

Ruins of Sannai-Maruyama

We step back in time to the Jōmon period at the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins. The ruins in the southwest of Aomori is the largest ruins of a Jōmon-period village in Japan. Most of the excavated items have been reburied for preservation, but a few excavation sites and artifacts are on display along with reconstructed dwellings, giving us a sense of the daily life of ancient times.

Today I visit the ruins of Sannai Maruyama in Aomori Discovered in 1992, the Sannai Maruyama Archaeological Site is the largest and one of the most complete and best-preserved Jōmon Period (13000-300 BC) village in Japan  Morioka to Aomori I and my wife, Ranita were on a short tour of Tohoku region We were thoroughly refreshed from our previous day at Jōdogahama beach in Iwate The day was bright and sunny as we checked out of our hotel and walked down to Morioka Station to catch the train to Aomori As we entered the JR Station, we were quite pleased to see it was still decorated, in lieu of

The Awa Odori Musical

This weekend I was lucky to witness the Awa Odori, a traditional Bon dance. It originated in Tokushima Prefecture and is danced to the lively call of “Yatto San, Yatto, Yatto. The dance has a history of about 400 years, and is one of the largest festivals in Japan.

This weekend I was lucky to witness the Awa Odori, a traditional Bon dance It originated in Tokushima Prefecture and is danced to the lively call of “Yatto San, Yatto, Yatto The dance has a history of about 400 years, and is one of the largest festivals in Japan Watch this space for the full story
Yoshinogari Village

The ancient Yoshinogari village

Today we went to explore the Yoshinogari ruins, that spreads throughout the Kanzaki area of Saga Prefecture. It is one of the largest historical site in Japan, reminiscent of Yamatai Kingdom from the Yayoi Era between 300 BC to 300 AD. The moated village marks the first shift from a nomadic lifestyle to permanent settlements.

Today we went to explore the Yoshinogari ruins, that spreads throughout the Kanzaki area of Saga Prefecture It is one of the largest historical site in Japan, reminiscent of Yamatai Kingdom from the Yayoi Era between 300 BC to 300 AD The moated village marks the first shift from a nomadic lifestyle to permanent settlements Watch this space for the full story

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