Summer festival, Kokura Gion Daiko
Kokura Gion Daiko is a summer festival with 360 years history, is a staple of mid-summer in Kokura Kitakyushu.
Held over three days from the third Friday through Sunday of July, the festival's highlight is the great taiko (Japanese drum) performance that takes place on the second day.
With groups of drummers wearing traditional yukata and happi competing with each other to give the best performance, the festival surroundings echo with the strong beat of their drums.
Our group, Kimachi 1-choume, participates the competition every year, and was awarded the 1st prize in 2006.
Please join us to enjoy the festival.
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"The lucky city"
I named the lucky city because it was kitakyushu the one to be bombed with the atomic bomb instead of nagasaky, but because the amercians couldnt find the city due to heavy clouds they had to move to nagazaky, isnt it lucky?
kita means north, so it is like "north of kyushu" kyushu is the last of the 4 big japanese island.
to be continued
The City of Kitakyushu has a population of one million and was formed in 1963 through the merging of five cities. The equal merging of five cities is a rare international achievement.
The 1,068 meter Kanmon Bridge and an undersea tunnel link Kitakyushu to the main island of Honshu.
The city is bound by sea to north and southeast, while to the south lie densely forested mountains. It is Japan's 11th largest city in terms of its population, even extending into the surrounding hills and mountainsides. And at the center of this vast city is the old castle-town of Kokura, formerly a prosperous crossroads for hundreds of years. Kokura Station is serviced by three rail lines linking the municipalities of Kyushu, and the Sanyo Shinkansen bullet-train line. It was reborn in the form of a new, chalk-white station building in 1998 and, with the addition of a monorail, has become even more convenient.