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Kyushu Travel Guide

Baked Eel

 
Most Japanese like Eel and baked Eel is the most representative eel dish.
Eel are very nutritious, and are believed to provide us with a lot of 
physical energy.
 
Before eating, powdered “Sansho”, a kind of spice, is usually sprinkled over 
the eel to heighten its flavor.
The eel is steamed and then steamed eel(although not Western Japan)
is broiled over a charcoal fire while being dipped several times in a 
special sauce.
The sauce is a boiled mixture of eel stock, soy sauce, sugar and sweet 
rice wine.
 

Tobata Gion Yamagasa (戸畑祇園山笠)

 

Tobata Gion Oo-Yamagasa is one of the most exciting summer festivals in

Kitakyushu.featival

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
 “yoitosa yoitosa”. 

 

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 highlight is the Chochin Yamagasa Contest held in Tobata Ward Office on Saturday night. 
The Nobori Yamagasa used during the daytime is dismantled,and the 10 metre-high Chochin
Yamagasa,with its 309 lanterns arranged in 12 tiers,is assembled and carried along in a race
by dozens of young people crying  “yoitosa yoitosa”.
 
Event Schedule in 2018
・June 277 (Fri.)
 Shinto ceremonies at each of the following:Tobihata Hachimangu Shrine, 
 Sugawara Shrine and Nakabaru Hachimangu Shrine.
・June 28 (Sat.)
 Yamagasa Contest in the evening in front of Tobata Ward Office
・June 29 (Sun.)
 Yamagasa parade in each town

 

Spring is coming soon. 春がそこまで来ています

 

I have found that cherry blossoms start to bloom at Chinkoku-ji temple in Munakata.

 

Cherry blossoms​

 

Plum blossoms

Peach blossoms                               Narcissus flowers

 


 

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Autumn in Itoshima

The viewing and appreciation of Autumn leaves is called ‘Koyo’ (紅葉), 
is used to refer to the changing colors of autumn foliage.

One of the best place isRaizan Senmyoji temple in Itoshima.
This is a famous spot, with a 400 year old maple tree which is designated 
as a natural monument.

  

200 other maple trees. Visitors can also enjoy the view of another natural 
monument, a white sandalwood tree located in the inner garden called 
Shinji Teien, along with the autumn leaves.

  

The biggest Shimenawa in Japan (宮地嶽神社の日本一の注連縄)

The Shimenawa at the Miyajidake Shrine in Fukutsu-city is the biggest in Japan.
Surprisingly, weight is 3ton, with 2.6m diameter and 11m length.
 
Shimenawa is the thick, twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that 
a Shimenawa had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected 
with Shinto Shrines decorated with Shimenawa.


福津市にある宮地嶽神社の注連縄は日本一大さで、なんと重さが3トンで直径2.6m、
長さが11mあります。
 
注連縄は藁でつくった太い縄をよったものです。 
昔、注連縄には悪魔を退ける力があるとしんじられていて、神社に関係の深い
多くのものには注連縄が飾られています。

Colorful autumn leaves in Unzen

It is one of the best season to visit in Unzen onsen resort 
where you can discover its absolute beauty in Japan.

   

Nita-toge Pass is the best place to enjoy autumn foliage.

Ema (絵馬)

Ema is small pentagon-shaped wooden plaque dedicate to 
Shrine and Temple.

  


One side of the plaque usually has a picture of horse or the 
animal representing the zodiac sigh of that year.
On the other side, which is blank, people write their wishes 
for wide variety of things, then hang the Ema up the certain 
places in the Shrine or Temple.
The custom originally came from wealthy people’s practice 
of offering real horses when they made wishes.
Eventually, this turned into the tradition of giving pictures of 
horse, as donating real horses became too much of financial 
strain.

Michino Eki (道の駅)

Michino Eki means Road Station in Japan.

This is created a safe, comfortable road traffc environment, and unique, lively
spaces.

  
Michino Eki provodes places for travelers to rest, they are intended 
to promote local tourism and trade.

 

There are local shop where you can but local product such as agricultual 
products (fruits, vegetaables, flowers etc. ) , seafood, snacks, souvenirs and 
other goods.


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Japanese Cultural exprience, wearing in Kimono

Experience of wearing in Kimono is done in Kokura Castle and Kokura Castle Garden.
 

Kimono is the traditional is the Japanese traditional costume, and there are
various type of Kimono.
 
Yukata which is a simple Kimono worn in summer is used today’s experience.
 


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Japanese Castle

Castle is called Shiro in Japanese and were originally military fortifications 
designed to keep the enemy out.
  
     Shimabara Catle             Nakatsu Castle               Kokura Castle

In the Sengoku (civil war) period from 15th to 16th century, territorial warlords 
competed in building castles in mountainous areas across the country.
After civil war, castles were constructed on the plains and low plateaus to 
demonstrate the power of feudal lords.


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