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Japan’s largest Golden Week festival is held in Fukuoka at the beginning of every May, with 30,000 participants and over two million spectators. With a few significant breaks, the celebration has been going on for over 800 years, starting in the Heian period (794-1185).
Hanatoro (花灯路, Hanatōro), which means “flower and light road”, is a set of illumination events that take place in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto in March and the Arashiyama district of Kyoto in December. During Hanatoro the streets are illuminated by thousands of lanterns set throughout popular areas combined with flower and light displays.
The ships sailed from Ushibuka through the Inland Sea to Osaka via Nagasaki. Then some ships (Kitamae-bune) left Osaka back through the Inland Sea and into the Sea of Japan for Hokkaido via Nigata and other ports. Here they took on local dance and songs incorporating them into the original Haiya melody.
Like this, songs originated in “Ushibuka Haiya-Bushi” have been passed down from generation to generation in various areas from Kagoshima in the south to Hokkaido in the north. Sado Okesa and Awa Odori are representative of them.
Sagemon Girls are girls who best represent the city. This is in association with the Hina-matsuri event where you can see “sagemon” or beautiful handmade balls being hung next to hina dolls. It is said that these balls are sewn by family members every time a baby girl is born. On the girl’s first Hina-matsuri, these crafts are given the chance to be displayed.
A sagemon girl should have an adorable face to perfectly match the event. Their hairstyles are adorned with sagemon balls so they look cute. Their job is to guide tourists through the city’s great destinations. They are also tasked with introducing some of the best dishes in town