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Karatsu Kunchi

Karatsu Shrine and Around Karatsu city, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture
+81 82-922-6056
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Fantastic festival

This is myfirst time for visiting karatsu. Espectially Intending to join this big event (2-4 nov... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2016
Pa S
Phuket, Thailand
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"Kunchi" is the popular name for the autumn festival in northern Kyushu, which is a votive festival held to give thanks for the harvest. It can be written in several different ways in Japanese, meaning "offering day," "shrine day," or "ninth day." Karatsu Kunchi is a regular autumn festival held at Karatsu Shrine every year from November 2nd to 4th, and it has been designated an important tangible cultural property by Saga Prefecture and the national government. The highlight is the festival floats in the shapes of enormous fish, lions, and dragons. Made with a technique called ikkanbari which layers lacquer over papier mache, the gorgeous floats are vividly colored in crimson, blue, black, and gold. The festival floats bobbing along by lantern light at night are beautiful and magical, and the sight of the parade through the streets in the afternoon to chants of "Enya, Enya" is very impressive.
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Nov 17, 2016
“Fantastic festival”
Karatsu Shrine and Around Karatsu city, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture
+81 82-922-6056
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Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

This is myfirst time for visiting karatsu. Espectially Intending to join this big event (2-4 nov) on the 3rd nov It start at 9:00 am . There are crowded and many street vendors along the road from the jr karatsu station to karatsu shrine. Then...More

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