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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2018

From February 16 to March 4, you have the chance to attend the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this festival, a large number of lanterns is set up around the old and new China Town as well as at favorite tourists

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Tagawa River-Crossing Festival

The Kagawa River-crossing Festival (in Japanese Tagawa Kawawatari Jinko-sai) is one of the main festivals in Fukuoka prefecture. The first festival of this kind was held around 450 years ago. At that time an epidemic disease spread at this area so

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Itazuke Ruins

Kyushu is said to be the cradle of the Japanese culture and therefore it is not surprising that you can visit many replicas of old villages archaeologists have excavated in last decades. But it might be astonishing that the presumably

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Atago Shrine

You want to experience Japanese culture and an astonishing view over Fukuoka at the same time? Then you should definitely visit the Atago Shrine in Fukuoka. The shrine was founded in 72 and it is therefore the oldest shrine in Fukuoka

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2017

From January 28 to February 11, you have the chance to attend the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this festival, a large number of lanterns is set up around the old and new China Town as well as at favorite tourists

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Oniyo Fire Festival 2017

On January 7, the “Oniyo Fire Festival” took place in front of Tamateregu Shrine in Daizenji, Kurume city. The Oniyo Fire Festival is said to be one of Japan’s Tree Major Fire Festivals. This annual event is a so-called “tsuina”, which

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Hita-Yufuin-Beppu Tour


We took our seven students from Tasmania and a student from Japan on a two-day field trip to Hita, Yufuin and Beppu on December 11 and 12. The goal of this trip was to show our students lots of different places since Kyushu has much more to offer than Fukuoka.

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Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament 2016

This year’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament started on Sunday, November 13th and will end on November 27th. By the way, this year marks the tournament’s 60th anniversary! The Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament is the only tournament that takes place in Fukuoka and one of

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Kinma Race 2016

Last Sunday, November 13, five Asahi Nihongo students went to the city of Yame to participate in the Kinma Race, which is also called “All Japan Kinma Championship”. During this race, teams of five have to pull a sledge with

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Saga International Balloon Fiesta 2016

In the first November week, Saga turned into a place for hot air balloon lovers. The Saga International Balloon Fiesta 2016 was held from October 28 to November 6 and with around 200 competitors. The competition site is near the

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Karatsu Kunchi 2016

This year from November 2 to 4, the biggest traditional festival in Saga Prefecture, Karatsu Kunchi, was celebrated again. Starting with the first parade on the evening of November 2, Karatsu Kunchi is famous for its 14 floats, called hikiyama in

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Sakimori Monitor Tour to Oshima Island

On October 31 and November 1, two of Asahi Nihongo’s staff members went on a special monitor tour to Oshima Island, which belongs to Munakata City in Fukuoka Prefecture. This special event was promoted by “Kyushu no Mura”, a company

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Tourist spots in Nagasaki (Part ten) – Dutch Slope

Today we are in Nagasaki again and we are proud to introduce a new tourist spot to you! The Dutch Slope is a famous spot in Nagasaki, as it is located in Higashiyamate, the part of the city, which has

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Nagasaki Kunchi 2016

From October 7 to 9, the Nagasaki Kunchi took place again Nagasaki city. Kunchi are traditional harvest festivals in Kyushu. As all the Kunchi (see also Karatsu Kunchi and Hakata Okunchi), this festival is celebrated to thank the gods for

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Dazaifu Lantern Festival 2016

On Sunday, September 25th around 8 pm, the Dazaifu Lantern Festival 2016 was held in Dazaifu in front of the Tenmangu Shrine. It was the last day of the so-called Jinkoushiki, a ceremony, which is held since 1101. This festival

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