AOMORI PREFECTURE QUIZ
Choose the correct answer.
???P）The capital of Aomori is the city of ________.
???Q）Aomori prefecture is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu and faces _________ across the Tsugaru Strait.
???R）It borders _______ in the south.
a) Akita and Iwate
b) Saitama and Chiba
c) Nagoya and Mie
???S）Along the northern edge of Aomori City stretches the coastline of the fertile ________.
a) Toukyou Bay
???T）There are many theories about the origin of the Nebuta Festival. One is that it is said to have originated after the subjugation of rebels in this district by "General TAMURAMARO" in the early ______'s. He had his army create large creatures, called "Nebuta", for frighten the enemy.
???U）Another theory is that the Nebuta Festival was a development of the "________" festival in China.
???V）One of the customs during this festival was "_______" floating. "________" is a wooden frame box wrapped with Japanese paper. The Japanese light a candle inside the "_______" and put it out to float onto the river or into the sea.Many Aomori citizens are involved in the building of these beautiful floats. The Nebuta designers create their designs, patterned after historical people or themes.
???W）One of the reasons for the popularity of the Nebuta festival is ________ of many Aomori citizens.
a) very colorfulness
c) the free participation
???X）The sounds of the Nebuta drums and bamboo ________ inspire people to prepare costumes and begin practice of the Nebuta dances. .
???P???O）As the beginning of the parade is signaled, "_______"(dancers) join hand-in-hand, and begin their journey through the streets of Aomori. Dancers called "________" lead the crowd, shouting, "Ratsera, Ratsera!" These dancers, colorfully arrayed in Nebuta garb, welcome audience participation. Feel free to join in a circle and enjoy the festivities! .
Created by Satoshi Ichii,Aoyamagakuin College of Economics
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