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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.
Iki Kagura (Shinto Theatrical Dance of Iki Island) Kagura is a religious performing art with a long tradition and history dating back to the Muromachi period. Differing from other regions, on Iki both the dance and music are performed only by the Shinto priests. In August and December, spectacular grand kagura performances are held at the shrine over a 7- to 8-hour timespan.
Nagasaki Peace Memorial CeremonyThe Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 9th every year in memory of the victims of the second atomic bomb, near to the location where the bomb was dropped in the Matsuyama neighbourhood. The ceremony also helps to spread the prayer for everlasting world peace.
The ceremony is attended by family members of the victims along with many other Nagasaki citizens. The Peace Declaration made by the Mayor of Nagasaki City delivers Nagasaki's wish for the establishment of lasting world peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons to local government within Japan, and beyond to the leaders of UN countries and to the rest of the world.
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.
The Spirit Boat Procession / ShourounagashiThe Spirit Boat Procession of Nagasaki is Japan's most-recognized traditional ceremony held for O-Bon, the festival honoring the spirits of ancestors. The distinctive feature of Nagasaki's O-Bon Festival is the lively parade of spirit boats which winds through the city, accompanied by a cacophony of firecrackers, as families send off the souls of the departed in colorful fashion, late into the night. Families often decorate the boats with designs reflecting their relative's hobbies and tastes, and the detailed design of the boats is a matter of pride for Nagasaki people. The scenes of the procession have even made appearances in songs and movies. (Movie links)
The Obama Onsen Jacaranda Flower FestivalThe Obama Onsen Jacaranda Flower Festival
A perfect time to view its violet-coloured flora
During June, Obama’s evenings will be filled with illuminations which perfect the occasion to view the beauty of these trees while they’re in full bloom. There will also be a variety of food and drinks for 500 yen and under. The peak of this festival will come on June 15th, where a fashion show with clothes dyed with jacaranda blossoms and a farmer’s market will be held.
June 15th (Sunday)
■ “Jacaranda dye fashion show”
Time: 13:00～ Location: Obama Marine Park
■ “Unzen City Farmer’s Market”
Time: 10:00-15:00 Location: Obama Marine Park
June 21st (Saturday)
■ “Special Night Concert”
Time: 19:00～ Location: TBA
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!
Shimbara Water Festival Shimabara Water festival will be held on the first weekend of August in Shimabara City, where the richabundant natural spring water has flowed throughfilled in the streets of former samurai residences in the old cast castle town since years gone by.with former samurai houses.
This festival is held to show the appreciation for the natural spring water and to make cultivate athe city rich in water and greenery.
There will be bamboo lanterns and art objects made of from gigantic traditional Japanese classic umbrellas, and lights all along the canal waterways through the castle town and former samurai residences.
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.
Nakashima River Summer FestivalFor one weekend of the year, hundreds of lanterns are hung around the banks of the Nakashima River and on Meganebashi, the Japan's oldest stone bridge. This display gives the night market a wonderfully romantic atmosphere that will leave you with unforgettable memories of this summer.
There is something for everyone at the Nakashima River summer festival. You can meander through a smorgasbord of food and souvenir stands with your friends and family and then catch one of the performances at the main stage.
Summer Festival in Nishi ArieThis event takes place every year on the 25th of July inside the compound of the Tenmangu Shrine. A cogon grass ring is prepared through which people pass as a summer purification rite and hope for sound health. Along the approach to the shrine, there is free somen nagashi (somen noodles have to be caught with the chopsticks while they’re flowing down in the water inside a long bamboo stock) offered and other night stalls that sell local food.
Summer Festival in ArieTraditionally every year on the 29th and 30th of July a summer festival takes place at Arie Onsen Shrine. The main event happens on the 29th, where participants pray for good health and the stalls in the shrine’s compound sell their goods. On the stage, local artists perform live and many participants proudly show their vocal talent at the karaoke competition. A lottery and other fun activities contribute to create an even more festive atmosphere. This summer festival has been very popular amongst its town people since old times.