Tachi Neputababibubebo | 19 09 2007
Tachi Neputa takes place about the same time as Nebuta, in Goshogawara, from August 4th-8th. Like Nebuta Matsuri, Tachi Neputa Matsuri is a night festival where extremely large floats are carried around in a parade like fashion. The difference is in the “tachi” which actually means “standing” in Japanese. So instead of large, wide floats like at Nebuta, here you can see really tall ones. The floats can be as big as about 70 feet (22 meters) and weigh around 15 tons!
Nebuta Matsuri is a lot more famous, but I actually prefer Tachi Neputa.
Nebuta is so famous that it is just too crowded. Don’t get me wrong, Tachi Neputa doesn’t have a lot of open space but it is not even comparable to the crowds at Nebuta. You can arrive 30-45 minutes ahead of time and easily find some front row space somewhere along the route.
Also the parade moves along much faster than Nebuta. Because it is so famous and there are so many people waiting to see it, Nebuta moves along at a snails pace…even for me, a photographer who likes to take his time taking photos.
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