Stars Wars Turned into Japanese Lanterns

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Each August, traditional lantern floats are carried through the city of Aomori. This year, joining the traditional Japanese samurai floats, were Star Wars characters. Fitting, I know.

The floats typically feature warriors, deities, and animals. See the below photos from Twitter user t_shicho, who lives in Aomori.

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[Photo: t_shicho]

Illustration for article titled Stars Wars Turned into Japanese Lanterns

[Photo: t_shicho]

George Lucas was heavily influenced by Japanese culture, so even if this is part of a Star Wars PR push, it makes sense.

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Illustration for article titled Stars Wars Turned into Japanese Lanterns

[Photo: t_shicho]

Illustration for article titled Stars Wars Turned into Japanese Lanterns
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[Photo: t_shicho]

Illustration for article titled Stars Wars Turned into Japanese Lanterns
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[Photo: t_shicho]

Even if they don’t quite nail Obi-wan, the Force is strong with these lanterns.

The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri runs from August 2 to August 7. Check out t_shicho’s Twitter for more pics.

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Top photo: t_shicho

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter@Brian_Ashcraft.

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popsiclezeratul
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That Obi-Wan kind of looks like Ian McKellen. Ian McKellen as Obi-Wan. Hey, now there’s an idea! If one were remaking the original Star Wars right now (blasphemy, I know, but then the remake/reboot is unfortunately all the rage these days), I think that would work really well.