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Historic Aomori Nebuta Festival livens up Aomori

Giant floats parade down the main street of Aomori during this year's Nebuta Festival on Aug. 2, 2017. (Mainichi)

AOMORI -- The Aomori Nebuta Festival, an annual summer event designated as an important intangible folk cultural asset, kicked off here on the night of Aug. 2, with giant Nebuta floats featuring samurai warriors and kabuki performers parading down this city's downtown area.

    As soon as a starting gun was fired shortly past 7 p.m., floats as big as roughly 5 meters tall and 9 meters wide started parading down the main streets in front of JR Aomori Station, while participants dressed in traditional yukata, headwear and zori sandals danced around the floats. The festival will run through Aug. 7.

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