2015 / Nisei Week’s Nebuta float to appear in Hollywood Christmas Parade, Nov. 29

Nebuta 2015 photo by Hiroko Takano

The Nebuta float at the Nisei Week Parade in the last August will appear in Hollywood Christmas Parade. (Photo by Hiroko Takano, graduate of the Pioneer Center Photo Workshop)

The Nebuta float from this year’s Nisei Week Parade will appear in the 84th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade presented by the City of Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 29.

At 5:00 pm on Sunday, the parade will start on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive, the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine Street, south on Vine to Sunset Blvd., and west on Sunset, back to Orange.

This year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade includes over 4,000 participants and attracts more than one million in attendance along with over three-mile parade route.

The Nebuta float is inspired by the popular Nebuta Festival of Aomori Prefecture, one of the largest and most famous festivals in all of Japan that dates back hundreds of years.

The float was designed by Japanese Master Artist, Hiroo Takenami, specifically to be showcased here in Los Angeles. Its colorful design was carefully hand-painted and constructed on traditional Japanese washi paper and outfitted with over 3,000 LED lights.

This year’s float depicts the “Legend of Yoshitsune,” the story of the celebrated general of the Minamoto clan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who by divine power, safely travels across the ocean for battle.