A paper float from the Nebuta festival: the festival with the highest turnout in all of Japan. The floats are huge, filling the entire width of the street, and they are rigged with generators to provide light from within.
People line the streets to watch, and those taking part dance along the streets shouting "Rase ra, rase ra, RASE RASE RASE RA!" It's great, and rather a sweaty experience.
This photo featured in the CLAIR JET desk calendar 2006. (August)
Featured in Explore January 17th, 2006