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Festivals & Events in Kyushu

 

Tamaseseri / wooden ball catching festival   Fukuoka, January

New Year’s Festival held in January, at Hakozaki Shrine
A traditional form of fortune-telling, several hundred men 
wearing lion cloths compete on piggy back in two teams, 
the “sea” team and the “land” team team, 
for possession of a wooden ball. more


 

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 
Yanagawa. Hina dolls are displayed by families with girls 
to pray for safe growth of their children, in Yanagawa, 
in addition to Hina dolls, colourful “Sagemon” are displayed.
more 


 

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. 
more

 

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-citymore 

 

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival    Fukuoka, June

The most exciting summer festival in Japa, takes place from 
July 1 to 15 and is held at Kushida-jinja Shrine in Hakata.

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
Hakozaki Shrine, and is a celebration of all living creatures. 
The festival has a a history of over 1000 years.

Join the cheerful crowd in colorful yukata and experience a rare, 
unhurried slice of old-time festivities in Fukuoka.  more


 

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.
Professional Sumo Tournament is held six times a year, 
in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
Fukuoka Tournament is held at Fukuoka International 
Center in November.  more 


 

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 
and rejuvenation. 
The Chrysanthemum exhibition is held annually in autumn 
from mid October to mid November in many shrines, temples 
and gardens throughout Japan.  more

 


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Yanagawa Sagemon Festival

 

Yanagawa Sagemon Festival
The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in 
Yanagawa.
Hina dolls are displayed by families with girls 
to pray for safe growth of their children, in Yanagawa, 
in addition to Hina dolls, colourful “Sagemon” are displayed.

Sagemon Meguri was started in order to showcase 
beautiful “Sagemon” to visitors.

Each display of “Sagemon” represents parents’ wishes for 
their girls to grow into beautiful, strong, and proud women.

 

Nagasaki Kunchi

 

Nagasaki Kunchi 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 
(Snake dance), this time dancing all around the city but 
especially at Suwa Shrine.


 

History

 

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 
gradually became colorful.
During Eiho Era (1673-80), a Chinese dance with an 
exotic flavor offered to the shrine.

The Ja-odori or snake dance was first performed in the 
Nagasaki Kunchi during period 1789-1800.

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.
 

 

  
 
The festival is held on Komonji dori Avenue in front of Kitakyushu City Government 
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.

  
 
On the second day (Sunday), the Million Dance is performed around Kokura Castle
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.
 
・Venue : Komonji Avenue and Katsuyama Park Kokura kitaku

Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival (博多祇園山笠)

 

One of the most exciting summer festival in Japan  
takes place from July 1 to 15 and is held at
Kushida-jinja Shrine in Hakata.  
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.
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.

The festival features the exciting race called Oiyama climaxing on July 15.

 

Teams of men clad in short happi-coats and loincloths dash down the city street 

at full speed carrying their own one-ton Kakiyamakasa on their shoulders

along a 5-kilometer course.

A spectacle that must be seen to be believed.

Kokura Gion Daiko (小倉祇園太鼓)

 

Kokura Gion Daiko is a summer festivals in which the main attraction

is the playing the drums. In 1958 the event was designated as an 

intangible folk cultural asset of Fukuoka prefecture.
On July 1st the Kokura Gion Taiko Uchizome-shiki (the ceremony to 

inaugurate Taiko practice sessions) is held,and from that moment,Kokura’s exciting summer begins,with each town and company

group striving to perfect its own Taiko performance ahead of the

Festival which is held from Friday of the third weel in July.

A prominent feature of the festival are the dashi (decorated cart)
parades through the town,carrying two drums,one at the front 
of the cart and one at the rear,with four drummers beating the 
Taiko in time to gongs called jangara,and reciting the phrase 
Yassa Yare Yare. 

The highlights of the Festival which you should not miss are the 
Taiko Performing Contest held at Kokura Castle on July 16th; 
and the Taiko Performing Parade held at Komonji-dori street 
on Sunday of the third week in July.

Setsubun, Bean throwing ceremony

 

Setsubun is a bean throwing ceremony held around February 3rd in homes.

 

       
      Tochiji tempe                        Kushida shrine         Bean throwing

 

People throw roasted soy beans inside and outside of their houses, 
roasted beans are believed to have the power to cast out and expel demons.
People say, Oniwa-soto (devils out) and fukuwa-uchi (good luck in), 
in this way people drive out evil and invite good luck in.
People also eat the same number of beans as their age for good health.
 

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.

The most famous Setsubun in Fukuoka-city is held at Kushida shrine 
and Tochoji temple.

 

 


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