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As darkness falls on Aomori huge illuminated paper-mache floats made of lumber, bamboo, wire and paper depicting men, animals and birds are pushed and pulled through the streets by groups of men, women and children during the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, Japan.  The festival dates back to the beginning of the eight century when the Ezo residents in northern Honshu rose in revolt. The Emperor sent General Sakanoue-no-Tamramaro, who, built Nebuta dummies of men and horses which were floated away at night. The Ezo thinking the Imperial troops had withdrawn, came back into the city only to be slaughtered by troops waiting in secret. Themes of the floats are picked from Kabuki stages, historical characters or fairy tales. (Jim Bryant Photo).....