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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Summer festival, Tobata Gion Oyamagasa
Tobata Gion Oyamagasa, is a summer festival in Tobata Kitakyushu, held on the fourth Friday through Sunday in July every year.
This festival's major attraction is the ever-changing shapes of it four Yamakasa floats.
While decorated with majestic flags during the day, in the evening they turn into a "light pyramid" of 309 paper lanterns stacked in twelve levels 10 meters high, creating an fascinating beauty.
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Japan is FULL of interesting differences with other countries. For example:
TOILETS: Public toilets in Japan are mostly the squating variety although count yourself lucky if you happen to find an electronic 'space rocket' toilet with lots of fancy gagets to play with!
TAXIS: Avoid taking taxis as they are exorbitantly expensive but if you do happen to use one... The driver will open the rear door automatically upon entry and exit. Don't try to do this yourself.
DRINKING MANNERS: If you happen to go out with other Japanese people watch to see what they do before you do it. Before you drink it is customary to say 'kanpai' (cheers), You should fill the glass of the people around you but not your own!! When getting your glass filled hold it with two hands and say 'sumimasen!' (sorry!). Everyone is bound to tell you how wonderful your Japanese is!
BOWING: It is customary in Japan to bow for respect. I will bow when I cross the street to a car that has stopped. I will bow when I have asked for information from someone in the street. The list goes on... remember you can never bow to much!
(When meeting Japanese people you should bow to them NOT shake their hand and say 'hajimemashite').
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The telephone code for Japan is: 81
The telephone code for Kitakyushu is: 093
When calling any number in Kitakyushu from abroad please dial: +81 - 93 and then the telephone number.
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