Breakfast at Hakodate: Sea Urchin and toro donburi ~
Dessert : Cheese cream pudding from Mt Hakodate
Tea time: Snaffles' Fruit tart and Earl Grey tea
Snack on train: Snaffles' famous (美味い!!!) omelette cheese cake and fresh coffee flavoured milk.
Arrived at JR Aomori station~ mini neputa float behind me
I headed to Aomori via JR’s limited express for the neputa festival which is the highlight of the Aomori prefecture. It is where giant lantern floats are paraded along the streets along with dancers yelling “Rasserah”. The giant floats are pushed and turned by pure human power.
The neputa floats were almost 2 storeys high!!! Wooo-----
The guys underneath are getting ready to push the neputa 360 degrees~ oof!
Rice mascots?... kawaii~
Monkeys and demons? Weird combo...
Each neputa float is accompanied by a percussion ensemble that plays the same 'rasserah' rhythm throughout the parade! Rock it baby!
Miss Neputa... Very pretty!!!
Neputa dancers who skip and dance while chanting 'Rasse, Rasse, Rasserah' - 4,800 yen to rent an outfit. Naah, I'd prefer a raincoat.
I got the front spot when it started to rain. Got my jeans soaked kneeling on the road but the view is worth it!
It was quite crowded when I reached 2 hours early and the worst thing was just as the parade began, it started to rain… (–|||) Everyone was soaked but the show had to go on. It’s pretty cool the organisers wrapped up the lanterns with giant sheets of plastic.
The whole parade was amazing especially when the people underneath the neputa floats went ‘Ngghhh!!!’ to summon strength to spin the heavy floats 360 degrees.
Special train service: the neputa express
Supper: Brazillian Chicken cup noodles. So delicious and the slices of chicken and potato are huge!
It ended at around 9pm and I headed back to the station to catch the Neputa Express back to Hakodate. I reached Hakodate in midnight and was so famished, I rushed to buy a BIG cup noodle from a nearby combini. I wish I could shake the hand of the person who invented the concept of 24 hour convenience stores.