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Japan celebrates Nebuta Festival

Aomori Nebuta Festiva, Aomori City August 2-7 (annually) is the most popular festival in Japan and attracts millions of visitors. The festival is about 50 miles north of Misawa Air base, which features parades of hugebrightly-coloured papier-mache lanterns created in the shape of samurai. most samuri depicited are either historical figures or characters from well known kabuki plays. Lanterns, which can be as big as 26 feet high and 39 feet wide, are placedon floats. As dusk approaches, the lanterns are illminatedand than paraded around the city. Hundreds of dancers surround the floats, dancing to the tune of flutes and beating of drums. On the final day, the float parade begins ij the afternoon with the bestseven floatsset up on boats and parade on the sea around Aomori Port in the evening. The parade is accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display. (U.S. Air Force photo/ bt Tech. Sgt Russell J. McBridel

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