Festivals & Events in Kyushu
Tamaseseri / wooden ball catching festival Fukuoka, January
New Year’s Festival held in January, at Hakozaki Shrine
Nagasaki Lantern Festival Nagasaki, Chanese new year
|An annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese new year.
The festival has been started to celebrate a new year by
Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki’s
festival since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are
decorated at China town during the festival. more …
Yanagawa Sagemon Festival Yanagawa, February through April
The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in
Kyokusui-no-en Dazaifu, March
|The festival is held at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine on first
Sunday of March, a purification ceremony on a winding
stream, is performed by ladies and gentlemen in a ceremonial
court robe under the plum blossoms in full-bloom.
Hakata Dontaku Festival Fukuoka, May
|The name Dontaku is a corruption of the Dutch word Zontag,
meaning Sunday. The festival is said to have started as a
New Year parade of merchants going to the local lord’s
residence to celebrate. It is held on May 3 and 4 in Hakata,
Fukuoka-city. more …
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival Fukuoka, June
The most exciting summer festival in Japa, takes place from
There are two kinds of festival floats called Yamagasa.
One is Kazari-yamagasa with 15 meters high, a gorgeously
decorated festival float which is decked with elaborate dolls
and castles. more …
Kokura Gion Daiko Festival Kitakyushu, June
|The festivals held in july around Kokura Castle, in which the
main attraction is the playing the drums. The highlights of the
Festival which you should not miss are the Taiko Performing
Contest held at Kokura Castle on July 15th, and the Taiko
Performing Parade held on July 16th. more …
Tobata Gion Yamagasa Kitakyushu, June
|Float Festivals including Tobata Gion Yamagasa inscribed on
UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2016.
The festival has a lot of energy and is very dynamic as is the case
with festivals such as the Hakata Gion Yamagasa，with young men
wearing the happi and hachimaki，carrying the Yamagasa and
walking around the town shouting “yoitosa yoitosa”. more ..
Wasshoi Million Summer Fastival Kitakyushu, August
|The Festival is one of the festivals representing Kyushu
and started in 1988 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of th
formation of the city and has more than one and half million
spectators every year. It is held in Kokura on the 1st Saturday
and Sunday in August. more…
Hojoya Fukuoka, September
One of Hakata’s three main festivals, held in September at the
Join the cheerful crowd in colorful yukata and experience a rare,
Nagasaki Kunchi Nagasaki, October
|It is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9
at Suwa Shrine. The festival features Chinese dance including
Ja-odori, this time dancing all around the city but especially at
Suwa Shrine. The whole of Nagasaki Kunchi dance was
designated on Important Intangible Cultural Asset. more …
Sumo Tournament Fukuoka, Nobember
Sumo is a Japanese traditional martial art.
Chrysanthemum exhibition Throughout Kyushu, mid October to mid Nobember
|The chrysanthemum has been a familiar flower to Japanese
as the symbol of the Imperial Family and a symbol of longevity
The Chrysanthemum exhibition is held annually in autumn
from mid October to mid November in many shrines, temples
and gardens throughout Japan. more …
Yanagawa Sagemon Festival
Sagemon Meguri was started in order to showcase
beautiful “Sagemon” to visitors.
Each display of “Sagemon” represents parents’ wishes for
Nagasaki Kunchi is one of big-three festival in Japan,
The festival features Chinese dance including Ja-odori
|After Christianity was harshly suppressed in Nagasaki in
1624, a festival was dedicated to Suwa Shrine, the
guardian god of local people.
It is believed that Suwa Shrine festival called “
Nagasaki Kunchi” and danced were offered to shrine
with cooperated of local people in 1634.
At the outset, dedicated dance were very simple but
The Ja-odori or snake dance was first performed in the
|In 1970, the government designated the whole of
Nagasaki Kunchi dance including Ja-odori as an
Important Intangible Cultural Asset.
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
|Nagasaki Lantern Festival is the annual event in Nagasaki
held on Chinese new year.
The festival has been started to celebrate a new year by
Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the
Nagasaki’s festival since 1994.
Wasshoi Million Summer Festival
Wasshoi Million Summer Festival is one of the festivals representing Kyushu
and started in 1988 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the formation of
the city and has more than one and half million spectators every year.
Office on the first Saturday and Sunday of August ( August 5 and 6 this year).
On the first day (Saturday)，after the opening ceremony parade，festivals
representing each of the old cities assemble to join the parade and excitement grows
among all the festival participants and spectators.
by one and half million citizens who come from local companies and town groups，
wearing themed festival costumes. They dance and dance, enlivening and energising the festival.
One of the greatest highlights is the firework display，this spectacular show marks the
finale of the festival.
Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival (博多祇園山笠）
One of the most exciting summer festival in Japan
One is Kazari-yamagasa with 15 meters high, a gorgeously decorated
festival float which is decked with elaborate dolls and castles.
The other is Kakiyamakasa with 6 meters high, a simply
decorated festival float which is made for carrying on the
shoulders and used in the Oiyama race.
Kokura Gion Daiko (小倉祇園太鼓）
Setsubun, Bean throwing ceremony
Setsubun is a bean throwing ceremony held around February 3rd in homes.
roasted beans are believed to have the power to cast out and expel demons.
in this way people drive out evil and invite good luck in.
Also the ceremony is held in the shrines and temples where soy beans
and rice cakes are scattered on a grand scale.
Many people gather to collect scattered soybeans and rice cakes
in order to receive good fortune.