During "Golden Week" in Japan, when almost everybody has at least three days of vacation, there are a number of festivals all ... More
Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
During "Golden Week" in Japan, when almost everybody has at least three days of vacation, there are a number of festivals all over Japan, but this one draws the most visitors. While its name comes from the Dutch word Zondag, meaning holiday, the festivals and parades all over downtown have few ostensible links to Japan's medieval trading partner. Dontaku is more appropriately described as a festival celebrating Japan's diversity. Hundreds of citizen groups and individuals participate in this lively festival by showcasing their talents or costumes.
I was living in Fukuoka last year so it was easy for me to go to this festival, but it's very popular and people come from all over Japan to take part. Crowded and busy but with a great atmosphere, there are stalls of delicious food and children's games everywhere, very impressive parades in the streets of the town, beautiful weather which was definitely welcome, lots of traditional and more modern music and dancing displays on stages around the town centre. Because the festival takes over the town and is in the streets you don't pay for the entertainment. It was great fun and I really recommend it.
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