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The Iki Island Roadbike RaceGet the most of Iki’s natural beauty by participating its ever-popular bike races
Iki island’s special bike course will be held on public roads that trace its coast. Several races are available to those interested in cycling. Several races will be held during this time. A race for professionals associated with the Japan Cycling Federation, a 50km, a 30km, and races for these brackets: young, junior, and ladies’. There will also be an 8km challenge course for junior cyclists. Get into gear for a great race around Iki island!
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.
Sea Bream Fishing Competition in KazusaEvery year in October a traditional fishing event is held in Kazusa, with a history that dates back decades. The participants compete in pole-and-line fishing as an act of showing one’s arm strength. The event is held offshore between the Tachibana Bay and Hayasaki channel area using live shrimp as bait to catch sea bream. Participants have the chance to win delicious fish and other prizes. One of the most attractive things about this competition is that the organizers provide the bait and fishing tools, so anyone can easily participate.
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.
Nagasaki Kite-flying TournamentGet outside and enjoy the fresh air, while watching the swooping and gliding of beautiful kites!
Unlike other kite-flying festivals where flight height determines score, this festival focuses on the skill of cutting opponents’ kite strings. Hence, kites are made with a strong X-frame and diamond shape, and strings are reinforced with traditionally-made fiberglass.
The tournament is believed to have begun around the end of the 18th Century, whilst kite-making is recorded to have been introduced by Indonesian workers (who accompanied Dutch traders) in mid to late 15th century. Originally there were between 200-300 designs, each individually named after their unique pattern. Today only 50 traditional red, blue and white patterns remain, which are still used today.
Tournaments are held in various parks around Nagasaki city on the same day, including Mt. Kazagashira, Mt. Tohakkei, Mt. Konpira and Mt Inasa. At the Tohakkei location, you can enjoy parent-child kite-making workshops and various family-friendly events.
Hamagurihama Summer Beach FestivalHamagurihama Beach is one of the Goto islands’ most beautiful beaches. It is also one of Japan’s top 100 swimming beaches. Right before Marine Day, this beach throws the Hamagurihama de Asobo Day (Let’s play at Hamagurihama beach day) event. A plethora of activities like banana boat rides, kayaking, beach volleyball, Lumine drinking contests, and various other family-friendly activities keep beach-goers entertained throughout the day. There is also a sandcastle sculpting competition and visitors can watch three teams bring their work to life right before their eyes. While there are activities to enjoy on both Saturday and Sunday, the main events take place on Sunday morning. Grab your beach gear and celebrate the beginning of summer on a beautiful island!
*even schedule may change in the event of bad weather conditions