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Akita Prefecture’s Event with a History of Over 100 Years! Kamihinokinai’s Paper Balloon Festival

Fly Paper Balloons Imbued with Your Wishes

This is a winter event representative of Akita Prefecture.
Large candlelit paper balloons, painted with warrior pictures and Ukiyo-e styled women, flutter in the winter night sky like shining stars. A total of around 100 paper balloons are released into the night sky.
The Paper Balloon Festival is a traditional event that has been held for over 100 years.
The origin of the event is said to have its roots in the Edo Period scientist, Hiraga Gennai (17280-1780), who supposedly taught the populace the principles behind hot air balloons.

Paper Balloons
[Paper Balloons]

The paper balloons, bearing pictures of warriors and beauties, can be as big as 12 meters.
You can also write your wishes onto the paper balloons.

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Akita Prefecture’s Event with a History of Over 100 Years! Kamihinokinai’s Paper Balloon Festival

Address
Ochida (Paper Balloon Plaza), Kamihinokinai, Nishiki-cho, Senboku City, Akita Prefecture[MAP]
Access
7 minutes on foot from the Akita Nairiku Line’s Kami-Hinokinai Station
Tel
0187-42-8480 (Nishiki-cho Tourist Association)
Event Date
February 10th every year
Time
Opening 15:00. Simultaneous launch 18:00. Final launch 20:30.
Admission
Free
WEB
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