Tomodachi 2013:06

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vol 2013 06

In Japan……Festivals - November

Karatsu Kunchi - November 2-4 Karatsu, Saga Prefecture


Famous in Japan for its hikiyama floats. These are carried on the shoulder like ordinary mikoshi (i.e. floats) but are topped with outlandishly decorated fish, lions, samurai helmets and other paraphernalia. They lead a boisterous, sake-fuelled parade around the castle town of Karatsu. Karatsu is on the western coast of Kyushu, south of Fukuoka.


Ohara Festival - November 2-3 Kagoshima, Kagoshima PrefecturePicture3

At this, the 


largest autumn festival in Southern Kyushu, you will be treated to a street parade of no less than 22,000 dancers. Attracts crowds of over 600,000.

Betchya Festival - November 3 Kibitsu-hiko Shrine, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

Men wearing striking masks or dressed as lions, run around the crowded streets looking for children to 'thrash' with bamboo whisks. Legend has it that children 'beaten' in this way will be safe from illness for the coming year.




Many thanks to the members and students who represented our Association in the Fisher’s Ghost Festival Parade on Saturday, 2nd November 2013. It was a great day, and it appeared to me we were very popular as we walked down Queen Street.



There are countless local festivals (matsuri) in Japan because almost every shrine celebrates one of its own. Most festivals are held

annually and celebrate the shrine's deity or a seasonal or historical event. Some festival are held over several days.


 An important element of Japanese festivals are processions, in which the local shrine's kami

(Shinto deity) is carried through the town in mikoshi (palanquins). It is the only time of the year when the kami leaves the shrine to be carried around town.

Many festivals also feature decorated floats (dashi), which are pulled through the town, accompanied by drum and flute music by the people sitting on the floats. Every festival has its own characteristics. While some festivals are calm and meditative, many are energetic and noisy.






November 2013
Friday 1st
Saturday 2nd
Friday 8th
Sunday 10th
Wednesday 13th
Friday 15th
Friday 22nd
Friday 29th
January Delegation - Orientation 2
Fishers Ghost Parade
January Delegation - Orientation 3
Students to Teppanyaki Restaurant
General Meeting
January Delegation - Orientation 4
January Delegation - Orientation 5
January Delegation - Orientation 6
December 2013
Friday 6th
Wednesday 11th
Thursday 12th
Friday 13th
Friday 20th

January Delegation - Orientation 7
General Meeting
Mayoral Reception for Outbound Delegation
January Delegation - Orientation 8
January Delegation - Orientation 9
January 2014
Friday 10th
Sunday 12th
Saturday 25th
January Delegation - Orientation 10
Departure of 29th Delegation to Japan
Return of 29th Delegation from Japan
February 2014
Wednesday 11th
General Meeting & Delegation Report Back
March 2014
Wednesday 12th
General Meeting
April 2014
Wednesday 9th
Friday 11th
General Meeting & Delegation Report Back
Anniversary of “Official” signing of agreement
to create a Sister City Relationship between
Campbelltown and Koshigaya

May 2014
Wednesday 14th
General Meeting
June 2014
Wednesday 11th

General Meeting

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