Festivals

The Naked Man festival in Nagasu-machi.

The Naked Man festival in Nagasu-machi.

If there’s one thing we all know Japan does right, it’s festivals. Do you know of a great festival somewhere in Kumamoto Prefecture? If so, we want to hear about it! If you have a suggestion, please tell us on our Facebook page (search bar: KumAJET) or send us an email at kumajet@ajet.net.

Yatsushiro Firework Festival 〔八代花火大会〕
This is a national firework festival that is held in Yatsushiro. It is the biggest firework festival in Kumamoto. There are 1,300 fireworks.
http://www.rurubu.com/season/summer/hanabi/detail.aspx?SozaiNo=430003

Naked Man Festival 
This is a fun festival where grown, drunk Japanese men fight for a ball of hay!
3rd Sunday of every January
http://www.town.nagasu.lg.jp/kiji/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=95&id=107&pg=1
http://event-watcher.com/area/a06/43/4302/430206/4336801/
Google coordinates: 32.934181,130.443463

Aso Fire festival 〔阿蘇火の祭り〕
There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world. Swinging bales of burning hay – that’s all that needs to be said.
http://www.jalan.net/yad380004/blog/entry0001691571.html

Drunken Horse Festival
You can watch people parade drunk horses through the Shimotori.
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%97%A4%E5%B4%8E%E5%85%AB%E6%97%9B%E5%AE%AE%E7%A7%8B%E5%AD%A3%E4%BE%8B%E5%A4%A7%E7%A5%AD

Tsuetate Onsen: Koi Nobori 
Carp flags are hung across the river in this little onsen town. This is worth seeing.
4/1 – 5/6
http://www.ajkj.jp/ajkj/kumamoto/oguni/kanko/tuetateonsen/tuetateonsen.html
Google coordinates: 33.184111,131.031678

Yamaga Lantern Festival [山鹿灯籠まつり(やまがとうろうまつり)]
http://www.y-kankoukyoukai.com/event/touroumatsuri.html

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