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Nagasaki Tall Ships FestivalSailing ships large and small flock to Japan's only tall ship event, held in the port town of Nagasaki.
The festival includes events centred around the ships including sail drills, tours of the ships, and cruises around the Port of Nagasaki, as well as hands-on classes such as canoeing, yachting and rope-tying.
Along with illuminations, there will be fireworks on Saturdays and Sundays during the event period.
There will be many more events and souvenir vendors available on site as well.
Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro Illuminations (Light displays and fireworks)The Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro is an event themed around the hanabouro, flower-like hoarfrost that forms on the trees and plants. The streets and the sidewalk trees of this onsen town are decorated with dazzling lights.
During the event season, firework displays are held on Saturday evenings from 9:30pm. Enter a magical world of hot-spring steam mixed with the illuminations below and the fireworks above in the peaceful night sky.
Isahaya Lantern River FestivalThis festival started as a memorial for the 630 victims of the Great Flood of Isahaya, which took place on July 25, 1957. The festival is a way to mourn the loss of life but also to promote the development of a safe and beautiful town. The combination of the 23,000 lanterns floating down the Honmyo River, 1,500 fireworks and the illumination of Spectacles Bridge is a fantastic sight.
Emukae Sentourou (Thousand Lantern) FestivalThis traditional event has been held for around 500 years. The centerpiece is truly a sight to behold: a tower of about 25m in height, decorated with hanging lanterns numbering about 3,300. It’s the tallest of its kind in all of Japan!
When evening comes, some 10,000 hanging lanterns are lit throughout the town, inviting you into a wondrous world of lights.
The beauty of Emukae is best experienced during this wonderful and brief festival of lights, happiness, and prayer.
The Emukae Sentoro festival also features an old Buddhist procession called the “mizukake Jizo matsuri.” Young kids take turns pouring fresh water over a wooden statue of Jizo, the guardian of children. The statue is then paraded through the village. It’s believed that children who pour water over the Jizo statue will be blessed with good health.
Nagasaki Peiron Championship & Port FestivalNagasaki's traditional summer event, with 350 years of history.
14-meter peiron dragon boats with 26 rowers on-board will race over a distance of 1,150 meters, rowing to the beat of drums and gongs.
Over the two-day event, there also will be observation boat rides for spectators, and peiron rowing trials available free of charge.
The Nagasaki Port Festival will be held each evening with music and dance events. An array of food vendors will serve various delicious snacks and meals. At the end of each day, there will be a fireworks display featuring 4000 of fireworks.
Arie Hamankora Beach FestivalDuring the day beach volleyball players “warm up” the atmosphere with their exciting tournament. Stalls offer local specialties, such as somen noodle tasting.
In the late afternoon, Arie junior high school students perform a soranbushi dance (traditional work song of Hokkaido herring fishery workers, performed by school students with a modern choreographed interpretation). Hip-hop and belly dance, as well as martial art exhibitions, taiko (traditional Japanese percussion) and other live performances create a festive atmosphere. After the sun sets, the two 10 meter high lantern pyramids next to the stage get lit up and local people carry lantern boats, that will be later released into the water as a symbolic gesture to accompany the spirits of the dead back to the other world. This is the main event of the festival so that’s when most of the townspeople gather. Many of them wear traditional yukata (summer kimono). At the end, about 1500 fireworks are set off into the sky and color the sea, the lanterns around the shore and the music playing along with them create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere.
Fireworks in KazusaApproximately 1500 fireworks are set off high into the night sky and colorfully light the sea below. It is particularly enjoyable to watch them while sitting on the seashore of Maehama beach.
Marine Festival in KuchinotsuAfter the arrival of the European ships to the Port of Kuchinotsu, it started to flourish. The long history of the port has created a profound relationship between the sea and the townspeople of Kuchinotsu, who celebrate it every summer with the “Sea Days” festival. On the first day, there is an opening ceremony where mochi (rice buns) are thrown from the stage (as a good omen), fishermen’s boats parade, a brass band plays and various kinds of live performances take place. During the day it is possible to try out different marine sports and on the second day it is possible to participate in the dragon boat race or to cheer for your favorite team. Only on this occasion, the Dolphin Watching Boat Association of Kuchinotsu gives a discounted (1000 yen per person) tour to see the dolphins. The event finishes with about 2600 fireworks that illuminate the sky and colorfully reflect on the calm sea at night.