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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Kameido Shrine wisteria

Spring in Japan is a succession of flower explosions, starting early with the plum blossoms. Sakura, azalea and wisteria follow in quick succession from March-April. I’ve managed some prime plum, sakura and azalea viewing before, but until last week, had not managed to catch the wisteria in bloom, other than a few small trellises locally.…… Continue reading Kameido Shrine wisteria

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Family trip: Miyajima and Hiroshima

When last we left our intrepid travelers, they had just wrapped up a day and a half in Kyoto. On the 19th, we headed west again, stopping in Hiroshima. After a quick detour to the hotel to drop off bags, it was off to Itsukushima island aka Miyajima. My mom had fallen in love with…… Continue reading Family trip: Miyajima and Hiroshima