festivals · Fukuoka

Matsuri With the Kyushu

In December 2016, 33 different Japanese matsuri (festivals) were elevated to UNESCO Cultural Intangible Property status. And two weeks ago, five selected Kyushu matsuri celebrated in downtown Fukuoka with a trimmed down, but still impressive, display of the mikoshi (floats) that feature so prominently in the festivals. The matsuri represented included:  Hakata Gion Yamakasa Gyoji,…… Continue reading Matsuri With the Kyushu

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Oktober fun

A year ago at this time, I was celebrating two six month anniversaries. No point in celebrating eighteen months, really, but Oktoberfest and the Hakata Tomyo (lantern) festival had come back around, and I wanted to go to  both again, so it amounts to a celebration, kind of. A few folks who had never been…… Continue reading Oktober fun