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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.


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



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 Assetmore


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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