Japan Guides: Wa Rasse, Aomori
Wa Rasse Nebuta House ワ・ラッセ
The distinctively-designed Wa Rasse cultural and arts center is a must-see on any visit to Aomori. Wa Rasse opened in 2011 and is located on the waterfront in Mutsu Bay close to Aomori Station, A-Factory, and Aomori Bay Bridge and is also a short stroll from ASPAM.
Wa Rasse is dedicated to Aomori's famous Nebuta Festival, which takes place annually in early August, and displays five of the huge floats from the previous year's festival along with modern video installations, festival sounds, photographs and introductions to some of the famous Nebuta artists over the ages.
Warasse has two floors with conference rooms and a study center for Nebuta-related crafts on the first floor. The Wa Rasse restaurant is also on this floor along with a shop selling local speciality goods from Aomori Prefecture.
Visitors enter the Nebuta Hall on the first floor with the five Nebuta floats which are changed after each year's festival. There are Nebuta touch exhibits and live performances of Haneto dancing and music on weekends and public holidays, three times a day. Also on display are a series of Nebuta masks with profiles of their creators. The everyday lives of the people involved in the Nebuta Festival are introduced and the "Four Famous Nebuta Artists" who left a lasting impression on the event are showcased along with the winners of the Tamura Maro and Nebuta Grand Prize are listed from 1962 onwards.
The second floor of Wa Rasse has an auditorium and an observation deck to look down on the floats on the first floor from above. There are also movies of the Nebuta Festival and picture panels. From the second floor lobby look out over Aomori Bay and the Hakkoda-Maru Ship.
Wa Rasse Nebuta Float and the Museum exterior
The Nebuta Festival in August in Aomori city draws over 3 million spectators to see each gorgeously created float
Tel: 017 752 1311
Admission: 600 yen for adults
Wa Rasse is a short walk from Aomori Station on the waterfront near A-Factory and Aomori Bay Bridge. Turn left out of Aomori Station and you will see the distinctive red building ahead of you.
Nebuta masks at Warasse designed by local artists.
Nebuta floats at Warasse, Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture.
Maps of Aomori
Aomori's other big Nebuta museum is at Nebuta-no-Sato (Nebuta Village) about 30 minutes out of town.