Nagasaki Kunchi Festival has Started!! It Lasts for 3 Days in Nagasaki City!

Hello!!

 

It’s already October!! Do you know what will be held in Nagasaki in October?

 

Yeah!! That’s “Nagasaki Kunchi Festival”!!!

 

It will be take place from 7th October to 9th October. It lasts for 3 days.

You can enjoy Dedication dance in Suwa Shrine and next to Yumesaito and some places in Nagasaki city.

 

Do you know what “Nagasaki Kunchi Festival” is?

 

Nagasaki Kunchi is a big festival of Suwa Shrine.

In 1634, 2 prostitutes dedicated their dance to God in Suwa Shrine, it was the origin of Nagasaki Kunchi Festival.

After that, they were also support by apprenticeship and it became bigger and bigger. Additionally, people added many feature from foreign countries and put in their dance.

It had great reputations as Nagasaki Kunchi Festival is very gorgeous!!

 

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This Dedecation Dance is selected as Nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

(Reference: “Nagasaki Kunchi Festival” Official website http://nagasaki-kunchi.com/)

 

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In this Okunchi period, we can hear some melodies from many places in Nagasaki.

It makes us very happy and merry^^

 

In every year, some certain old areas perform their traditional dance. They have different assigned dance. In this year, Imakago-machi, Aburaya-machi, Motofuna-machi, Ue-machi, Kajiya-machi, Chicago-machi will preform their dance.

Their performance was very powerful and their breath mach during their performances.

It will make you moved!!

 

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During Okunchi Festival, Suwa Shrine is packed by hundreds of people!!

 

Please come and enjoy Nagasaki’s unique culture^^

 

Yuri

 

 

 

 

 

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Do You Want to Try SPINY LOBSTER?

Have you ever tried SPINY LOBSTER?

 

Now you have a chance to try it in Nagasaki with cheap price!!

There is a area called Nomozaki, where is located southern part of Nagasaki. It has rich nature and nearby the ocean, so it’s nice place.

I used to go to swimming with my family when I was a kid. It’s a beautiful place.

During 28th August to 25th September, NOMOZAKI SPINY LOBSTER FESTIVAL has taken place.

The festival is that you can enjoy spiny lobster in participation stores with cheap price and  you can buy them even more!

How can we miss it?

Additionally, in some accommodations, they have a tour packages with delicious spiny lobster dishes.

 

You must be excited, uh?

The opening day, miso soup with spiny lobster was sold, and fish grabbing competition and fishing pond experience had been held.

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Look at them! It’s so gorgeous!!

They are waiting for your visiting!!

 

I’m so hungry now. Everything looks so tasty…

 

Venue: Wakimisaki Kita Umetatechi (3386-27 Wakimisaki machi, Nagasaki city, Nagasaki)

Period: from 28th August to 25th September

Time: from 10a.m. through 4p.m.

Contact 095-893-1111  Nomozaki Spiny Robster Festival executive committee (in Nomozaki Administrative Center)

Access: Take a bus from JR Nagasaki station and get off at MOROMACHI or WAKIMISAKI bus stop

parking lots are equipped.

You can check more information below. (in Japanese)

http://www.city.nagasaki.lg.jp/kanko/870000/875000/p028661.html

 

only few days remained.

Let’s enjoy your stay in Nomozaki!!

 

Yuri

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Nagasaki GLOVER’S NIGHT at Glover Gaden 2016

Autumn is just around the corner. It is getting cooler in the morning and night.

However, it is hot during the day. How about strolling from evening?

 

Let me introduce “GLOVER’S NIGHT” today.

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Glover Garden usually opens until 6PM, BUT! they will closes at 9:30 PM by beginning of October. You can enjoy different atmosphere at night. The night view from Mt. Inasa is most famous in Nagasaki. However, the night view from Glover Garden is also beautiful. You will see Nagasaki’s beautiful night view from different point of view. If you do not like walk around during the day because of hot summer, let’t try it!

 

And also, beer garden will be take place until September 30th. Small concerts will be hold weekend, so please check it out!

 

[GLOVER’S NIGHT]

~October 9th

[Glover Garden Beer Garden]

~September 30th (5PM~9PM)

 

Check their website below:)

GLOVER’S NIGHT

 

 

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Nagasaki Shoronagashi Festival (Spirit Boat Festival)

What will you come up with if you hear the word “summer festival”?

There is a unique festival in Nagasaki! It is called Nagasaki Shoronagashi ( Spirit Boat Festival).

It is taken place in 15th August every year.

Do you know what Shoronagash (精霊流し) is ?

‘In Buddism the spirits of the dead are believed to return to their earthly homes on August 13,  stay for three days and then depart for heaven again on the night of August 15. In Nagasaki, families that lost a relative during the previous year make “spirit boats” with many lanterns to carry the spirit to heaven. Hundreds of elaborate boat-like floats pulled by families and friends make a pared through the city toward the harbor front at Ohato. The procession is accompanies by the din of firecrackers, a custom borrow from the Chinese residents of Nagasaki.’

(reference: Your Guide to Nagasaki)

I also went to look at the spirit boats in Ohato. It is just 5 minutes away from Casa Noda! So it was easy access! Ohato is the main street many spirits boats pass.

It begins around 5p.m.

There are variety of boats. The orthodox spirits boat is like this!

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It has many lanterns on its sides and a photo in front. It also has a flag written “西方丸”(Seihou-maru). It because buddhists think Sukhavati (Amitabh’s Pure Land) exists in the west. So all the spirits boats are going to the west.

 

Each family created each original boat for their deceased. For example, look at this!!

 

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This was a train motif . Probably the deceased liked trains.

 

Next one is this!

 

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We could guess their deceased liked cars.

 

If the deceased are sent with these gorgeous boat, they should be happy!!

 

The biggest one was this!!

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This boat was from a funeral company.

The boat was raised fund from all of bereaved family. That’s why it was very big and so may people were pushing it all together.

 

There were many boats floating. Then I realized that many people died in previous year.

In this year, one of Japanese famous singer from Nagasaki built a boat and carried it around for his mother’s spirt.

When the boat was passing a street, people started to surrounding the boat in the twinkling of an eye, and people was trying to find the singer out. It was crazy!!

 

Unfortunately I didn’t know whether he was there or not.

But the boat was really gorgeous and captured everyone’s eye in one moment!

 

In Nagasaki, there are TV programs explain about the boats which pass the main street, 15th August, every year.

There is a old man talks about whose boat and how he feels with a boat. It is very unique and interesting. It is broadcasted only in Nagasaki.

After watching Shoronagashi festival, I get to like Nagasaki more and more! Even though it was not the first time for me to join. Nagasaki is a very interesting place and I think everyday we can find something new or make us intrigued.

Next big event should be Okunchi Festival in October! It is the most favorite festival for me in Nagasaki!!

If you want to visit Nagasaki, it must be amazing experience for you, so please come to see our real Nagasaki life^^

 

During Okunchi Festival, many people are visiting Nagasaki, so many rooms will be booked out!

We still have vacancy in dormitories. So if you are interested in Okunchi Festival, please contact us^^

 

Casa Noda Yuri

 

 

 

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Nagasaki Yoichi ~Feel the Night of Summer in Japan~

How about strolling after sunset when it is super hot during midday?

Let’s go to “YOICHI” along Nakashima river this weekend(20th and 21st August).

 

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“YOICHI” literary means “Night market”.

There are lots of stalls and lanterns riverside. They will make you feel night of summer in Japan.

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It might be good choice to wear Yukata to feel atmosphere.

 

【Nagasaki Yoichi】

Place:Nakashimagawa riverside

Time:5pm~9pm

 

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