Fukuoka’s historic center lit up one October evening for Hakata’s Lantern Festival. The whole Hakata community, from schools, shrines to enterprises took part in this annual celebration. Asawa and I took a stroll around to see what its all about.
Hakata’s streets were it up everywhere.
The shrine was also littered with small lanterns.
A turn from the shrine led us to a field with a thousand lanterns scattered.
So we went for a closer look. Then we decided, perhaps its best to see it from up high.
Hmmm, getting clearer now. A few more steps higher…
Ahh, its the local baseball team Softbank Hawk’s mascot!
Meanwhile, in other parts of Hakata, unique lanters are on display.
Suddenly we hear the loud bang of drums. We rushed to the sound because we knew what it was…
It was a taiko performance, one of my favorite forms of music…the perfect way to end the evening.