The Shrine of Karatsu Kunchi
It is a Shinto shrine located about 1 km west of Karatsu Castle and the original shrine was
founded in 755.
In 1819, a man dedicated a beautiful and large papier-mache red lion statue to this shrine.
He traveled Ise Shrine, visit Kyoto on the way home, and saw Gion Festival. And he impressed
by the sight of beautiful floats, so he and his friends created such statue.
The statue was paraded at the annual festival of this shrine, and it has developed into the
festival “Karatsu Kunchi”.
From November 2nd to 4th, Karatsu Kunchi is held every year.
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