In 1996, the Environment Agency at the time (later the Ministry of the Environment) invited the public to join the selection for “a sound environment (soundscape) that people want to leave for the future generations and cherish as the symbol of each region of the country”. Based on the screening and selection conducted by the Japan Soundscape Study Group, we will introduce the “100 Soundscape of Japan” found to be significant in preserving the sound environment.




Aomori Prefecture ・ Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (Festival)

●Happy sound hunting in Japan

・Famous festival representing “Michinoku”, the ancient name of the Tohoku area. Attracting over 3 million tourists every year.

・It is said that the pronunciation varies depending on the local accent(dialect), Aomori is called “Nebuta” and Hirosaki is called “Neputa”. There are differences in chants which are indispensable for Japanese Festivals. In Aomori Nebuta, dancers called “haneto” chants “Rassera・Rassera・Rasse・Rassera”, in Hirosaki Neputa, a chant leader and float-pullers shout “yah-ya-doh” while pulling the gigantic ornate lantern floats.

・The sound of handbell, drums, flutes and bells overlapping with energetic chanting make you feel a passion burning the soul of Tohoku.



●Location/Aomori Prefecture, Aomori City / Hirosaki City

●Access/Aomori Nebuta Festival:10 minutes walk from JR Aomori Station, Hirosaki Neputa Festival:15 minutes walk from JR Hirosaki Station

●Category /Matsuri(Festival)

●Season/Aomori Nebuta Festival: August 2 – August 6, Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri: August 1 – August 7.

●Place/Aomori Nebuta Festival: Parade Course and around Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center(ASOM), Hirosaki Neputa Festival: Dote-machi course, 1st – 4th, and 7th Hirosaki Station, 5th and 6th



Source: Japan’s Ministry of the Environment