“Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri” (Summer Festival of Kita Kyushu) is a festival held in Kitakyushu City Kokura Kita ward every August. It is a festival held more than 30 times and it is also one of the biggest festivals in Kitakyushu where about 1.5 million visitors come every year. It will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday in August.
The trigger of “Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri” is related to the establishment of Kitakyushu city. The city of Kitakyushu was born in 1963 when five cities of Moji, Ogura, Tobata, Yahata and Wakamatsu merged. In 10 years after that in 1973, “Matsuri Kitakyushu” began in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the municipal system. The purpose of the festival was to raise Kitakyushu City where five cities gathered as a city. It is because the citizen thought that Kitakyushu city where the historic town was merged, carved a new history and raised it. This “Matsuri Kitakyushu” changed to “Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri” in 1988, the 25th anniversary of the municipal system, and it reaches present.
What you should look at first at “Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri” is the Summer Festival Large Collection to be held on the evening of the first day. This is a wonderful thing that the festivals held in each of the Kitakyushu municipalities gather together.
There are many other places of interest such as “Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri”, but you can not miss the fireworks that adorn its finale. Since the surrounding area voluntarily turns off before launch, the dark night sky is beautifully decorated, although it is a fireworks display at the center of the city. Four thousand fireworks to be launched in that are beautiful worthy of a lively festival.
A summer feature of Kitakyushu-shi that 1,500,000 people visit every year.
More than enough event are held for two days like “Hyakuman Odori” which approximately 10,000 people come and dance with colorful clothes, “Natsumatsuri Daishugo” where festival cars and the Yamakasa with ornaments or the Mikoshi (miniature shrine) of each city ward participate in, “YOSAKOI” which is shown in 4 festival sites including the JR Ogura station square. 6,000 fireworks color a night sky on the final day, and finale is heaped up.
The true symbol of summer of Kitakyushu-shi “Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri” was held for the first time as a festival which unites the civic heart with one and many people can enjoy on the 25th anniversary of municipal organization in 1988.
It is a popular festival which people visit from the inside and the outside of the city every year.
The Opening of it is the march of a float which is elaborated and skillful color, or total about 4,000 participating numbers of large parades. Then, Natsumatsuri Daishugo to which Ogura Gion Daiko (festival drum), Kurosaki Gion Yamakasa (festival float), Goheita Hayashi (festival song), Dairi Densho Yamakasa (festival float), etc. representing Kitakyushu gather in one place.
Hyakuman So-odori (festival dance) in which it participates as about 15,000 persons, the fireworks display, etc. you can enjoy the summer festival of Kitakyushu collectively.
The annual large fireworks display, which decorates the finale of the greatest event “Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri” in Kitakyushu opened over two days, is held in the Katsuyama park where the symbol of the park in Kitakyushu serves as the launch site. Backed by the Ogura Castle, you cannot miss the state to light up the whole town vividly.
|Name:||Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri (Summer Festival of Kita Kyushu)|
|Address:||Bashaku Kitakyushu Kokurakita-ku, Fukuoka 802-0077 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line “Kokura-eki” (10 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 93-541-5472 (Wasshoi Hyakuman Natsumatsuri Promotion Association)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|