Japan Images: Hirosaki Lantern Festival II, Aomori Prefecture, Tohoku, Japan
The Hirosaki Lantern Festival is held from early February to around Valentine's Day in the grounds of Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. Various Japanese style lanterns are made and often decorated with Neputa Festival style designs. The Hirosaki Lantern Festival also has a number of stalls selling local produce and hot snacks. There is a stage with performances of Tsugaru Jamisen and one large ice sculpture of a famous landmark in Aomori.