Tobata Gion Yamagasa (戸畑祇園山笠）
Tobata Gion Oo-Yamagasa is one of the most exciting summer festivals in
The Festival is registered on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage 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 (festival costume) and hachimaki
(head band)， carrying the Yamagasa (festival float) and walking around the town shouting
What is remarkable is the way the character of the Yamagasa changes from daytime，with the
Nobori Yamagasa (festival floats with flags); to nighttime，with the Chochin Yamagasa
( festival floats with lanterns).
The Nobori Yamagasa used during the daytime is dismantled，and the 10 metre-high Chochin
Sugawara Shrine and Nakabaru Hachimangu Shrine.
Festivals & Events in Kyushu
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Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki’s
festival since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are
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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.
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There are two kinds of festival floats called Yamagasa.
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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
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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 …
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Chrysanthemum exhibition Throughout Kyushu, mid October to mid Nobember
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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.
After Christianity was harshly suppressed in Nagasaki in 1624, a festival
was dedicated to Suwa Shrine, the guardian god of local people.
At the outset, dedicated dance were very simple but gradually became colorful.
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.|
Vermilion-lacquered cups full of sake are set afloat down the stream.
to an attendant.
The ceremony has its origin in a historical fact that Ono-no-Yoshifuru, an elder brother of a
noted-calligrapher Ono-no-Tofu, held a ceremony to appease the soul of Michizane Sugawara and
to beguile tedious hours in a rural life.
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|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.