Better late than never I always say. I did have a chance to go to this year’s Tsukuba Matsuri on August 29th, 2011. This year was pretty cool because I was able to get closer tho the Nebuta* floats than I ever have. I didn’t get very many night time shots, but the floats were the same as last year’s Tsukuba Matsuri. I even got to take a few pictures with some of the guys who were pushing my favorite floats. In the last Tsukuba Matsuri video that I made, I was able to get better night time shots, but this time around, my daytime shots were better. There was still the same great food: takoyaki, okonomyaki, yakisoba, yakitori and lots of other grilled food (remember? the word yaki or やき means grilled). I didn’t want perfectly good food to go to waste…so I spent a little bit to partake in the delicious repast.
*ねぶた (Nebuta) means nighttime festival. The Nebuta floats are quite famous in Aomori and it’s easy to see why.
Although this year was cool in some ways, there was a bit of bad as well, namely with the Nebuta. For some reason two of the most famous floats kept malfunctioning. The smoke-breathing dragon float kept collapsing during the final night, and just really put a damper on things. Another float shorted out and wouldn’t light up during the night time show. It was the first time since I’ve been in Tsukuba, that I saw a Nebuta float have to be removed from the parade 🙁 .
Despite the float malfunctions, people were still in the same great spirits. Japanese festivals have that effect on people. The hundreds of laughing, eating, dancing, omikoshi-carrying, costume-wearing, kimono & yukata-donning people make the Tsukuba Matsuri, end of summer festival, what it is in the first place. This is hands down my favorite event in Tsukuba and I want to share some of the photos I took with you:
Thanks for looking! I’ll see you tomorrow.