People in Nagasaki are much fond of festivals. Many festivals are lively
events because the local community is actively involved. Festivals in Nagasaki,
therefore, bear that unique fingerprint of energy and spirit.
“Nagasaki Kunchi” is a festival with a rich international flavor which shows the
unique blend of cultures between Japan and overseas countries, especially China.
Festival music called “Shagiri” is played on traditional Chinese musical instruments
while the Chinese dragon dance also features prominently. “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”
celebrates the Chinese New Year or “Shunsetsusai (Lunar New Year Festival)”. The
streets of downtown Nagasaki around the China Town area, which is the center of
the celebrations, are illuminated by 12,000 lanterns at night.
Other festivals that exude a rich international flavor include "Tsushima
Arirang Festival" which evokes the procession of envoys from the ancient
Korean Lee Dynasty. Konaki-zumou (Sumo ceremony for newborn babies) is held in
Hirado as a tourist attraction.
Tsushima Arirang Festival
(Ceremony for newborn babies)
Calendar of Festivals & Events
Marathon Competition in Iki Island
Chinese Lunar New Year
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
1st ~ Late-Apr.
Huis Ten Bosch Tulip Festival
Seeing a Current at Saikaibashi
Sasebo City, Saikai City
Obama Hot Spring Festival
Whole Kyushu Pyrotechnist Competition
Kite Flying Festival in Spring
Nagushiyama Azalea Festival
29th Apr. ~ 5th May
Hasami Pocelain Festival
Triathlon in Narao
Shin Kami-Goto Town
4th Sat Sun
Nagasaki Bayside Festival
Nagasaki Dragonboat Competition