Various types of dolls that were popular with common people and preserved in Nakatsu Castle from the mid-Edo Era to the Heisei Era are put on display around parts of the town and the castle itself.
The Yume Tachinaba Plum Blossom Viewing Festival is an event that takes place every year in February, when around 30 thousand white plum blossoms come into bloom. Tanigawa plum-grove area is said to be one of Kyushu’s Three Famous Plum Blossom Parks, receiving many sightseers when the flowers are in bloom. Starting with a walk around the area to view the blossoms, visitors will enjoy wine tasting and purchasing local goods at the main venue as well as tasty food (including a local favorite, dago jiru, or miso soup with dumplings) at one of the many open air stalls.
Using candles in sculpted bamboo shafts to create works of art, the Take Akari Genso no Sekai (World of Fantastic Bamboo Lights) that takes place at the Tachibana Town Wine Cellar/Tazaki Hirosuke Memorial Art Gallery is also a sight to see! The shafts are made by the Tachibana Town’s volunteer firefighters, local elementary school students, and volunteers over a two month period.
There are many other musical performances and art exhibitions to enjoy, so don’t miss it!
Ever year in February, the Edo Period post town of Akama-juku (Munakata City) organises a cultural festival to celebrate the first opening of sake storehouses of the year. Across two days, local specialties are served in stalls in the street which are closed off from traffic. Katsuya, the Japanese sake brewery opens its storehouse to the public and provides tasting of sake. You can also visit old houses and experience a local friendly atmosphere. On the Sunday, spectators can also enjoy a parade and marriage ceremonies in traditional clothing.
About 100 private residences and stores around the whitewashed wall neighborhood in the Fukushima area display “Hakobina” (dolls in display cases) from the Edo and Meiji Eras (early 17th through early 20th centuries) and modern dolls, and also receive visitors. During the festival, the whole town takes on a bright atmosphere with dolls as far as the eye can see! At the opening ceremony on March 1, a parade goes through the town. Various events like a doll-making demonstration at Yame Doll Hall, tours by rickshaw, and a mermorial service for the dolls also take place! Pink paper lanterns fixed to private residences and stores indicate that dolls are displayed there.
*Tour: Hina Doll Tour
*Parade will be cancelled in case of rain
*Accessibility: Priority parking for persons with disabilities; wheelchair-accessible bathrooms; wheelchair rental; wheelchair ramp; elevator; changing table; textured paving blocks for the visually impaired; tours in sign language (Japanese) available (reservation required; volunteer signer)
This festival is to commemorate the enshrinement of the god Inari Okami. Every year this festival attracts over 200,000 visitors. There are a variety of events and performances on site for enjoyment.
This festival is to commemorate the enshrinement of the god Inari Okami. Prayer starts at 0:00am and people will come to the shrine in masses for the entire day to pray mainly for businesses. You can also enjoy the Hirado Kagura, Menburyu, Issei Buryu and other such folk dances and songs.
With its cityscape of white mortar walls constructed in the “dozo dzukuri”style, Yoshii Town in Ukiha City has a retro feel to it. Features of the tour of dolls held in this traditional town include the “hakobina” (dolls in display cases) and “okiage” (dolls made by covering thick paper cut into the shape of people with cotton and wrapping it all in beautiful fabric). In addition, visitors can see doll-making tools and other rare items inherited by the family of local historian and collector Kaneko Fumio at the newly construsted Kaneko Fumio Exhibition Museum. While in the area, pop into one of the many antique shops or take a tour of the city in a rickshaw (Sundays only; 500 Yen per passenger)!
This festival celebrates the mythical ’founding of the nation’ day with a ’goddess’ contest and a beard contest. The winners lead a parade of 800 people dressed as Japanese gods.
This festival heralds the coming of spring to the castle town of Saga. Dolls and ornaments once owned by the Nabeshima Clan are displayed in all their intrinsic beauty. Also, the hand woven Saga Nishiki which is a traditional craft in the region are also displayed.
In Yanagawa is the tradition where families decorate the rooms of their daughters with good luck charms called ”Sagemon” to celebrate their first doll festival. ”Sagemon” are objects such rabits, cranes and treasure bags which are hung from the ceiling. The Doll Water Parade is another highlight of this festival.
Hiryugama is known for having one of the world’s largest kilns. On Valentine’s Day, over 6,000 lanterns and other illuminations will create a magical sea of light. Other events and dances are also on display for visitors’ enjoyment.
The doll researcher Ms.Mamiko Senoshita is the promoter of this festival. Chikuzen Izuka Hina no Matsuri (Festival of Dolls) began in 1999 (Heisei 11). At the main venue alone there are over 1,300 dolls! In fact, there are 10,000 dolls coming from all over Iizuka City which can been seen! For the duration of the festival, visitors from inside and outside of the prefecture pour into the city! There is a different theme every year for the festival! Some past themes were the Best Tatami Doll in Japan! and the Knowledgeable Doll. Childern and adults can also experience dressing up as dolls themeselves!
The former Osaka Mercantile building built in the 6th year of the Taisho Period (1917) is an impressive and Western-style building with two floors and orange tiles that look as though they are bricks. These are mixed in with white tiles and on top is an octagonal tower which make the building very memorable. In the times of its operation, the waiting room for continental routes was always packed with people. To celebrate this time in Mojiko Retro, a 2 meter large fugu (puffer fish) lantern as well as various other lights are set up around the area.
In this interesting festival, sumo wrestlers hold babies and try to make them cry. The baby which cries first is said to be the winner. This festival is believed to provide good health and prosperity for the babies.
The Ueki Market heralding the return of spring to Kumamoto is a feature of this city, which dates back more than 400 years. We display, and garden tree or bonsai, flower of 1 million points are sold on the spot by approximately more than 120 exhibition suppliers and fans about 300,000 gather every year from the prefecture outside and show bustle.
An exotic port town, Mojiko Retro District is decorated with fantastic illuminations in December. About 300,000 light bulbs are lite up on 100 trees, and retro buildings such as the Former Osaka Shosen Mercantile Steamship Co. Building and the Former Moji Mitsui Club Building look fantastic. Don’t miss the “Mojiko Retro Night Fantasy” light show by a famous illumination designer!