20 “Nebuta” dancers and 20 rhythmic section players were invited by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, to showcase Japan’s “Nebuta” parade dance as part of “Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art” exhibition events.
A series of short performances by taiko drummers, flute and hand cymbal players, and dancers took place in front of the float at 12:30, 1:05, 1:40, and 2:15 pm at the Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Nebuta Festival in Aomori Prefecture, Japan is one of the most famous festivals in Japan.
On display was an enormous paper lantern float depicting the Japanese folk hero Kintoki designed by Nebuta Master Hiroo Takenami of Aomori and created by the LA Nebuta association in Los Angeles in 2018.
The LA Nebuta was founded in 2008 when Nebuta spread to Los Angeles and first debuted at the Nisei Week Grand Parade in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. www.niseiweek.org
The program was held in conjunction with the LACMA exhibition Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art through Dec. 8.
The next LA Nebuta appearance will be the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1. www.lanebuta.com