Experience Kyushuu’s Bamboo Lantern Festivals
Throughout Oita Prefecture, there are various bamboo lantern festivals. These festivals were started, in part, to help maintain the surrounding bamboo forests. Today Oita Prefecture is the largest producer of madake bamboo in Japan! All of the bamboo lanterns are handmade and locally sourced!
Usuki Takeyoi Bamboo Lantern Festival
Usuki-Takeyoi (うすき竹宵) festival is held in November. This festival focuses on allowing the soul of Princess Hannyahime (般若姫) to visit her parents Manano-chojya (真名野長者) once a year. Preparation for this festival begins in August when the residents of the town begin to cut down the bamboo to be used to make the artful lanterns. Creating the lanterns is truly a community effort, school children, companies, and area clubs all come together to make the event a success year after year.
Light of a Thousand Years
Sen’nen-Akari 千年あかり, meaning “Light of a Thousand Years,” takes place every autumn in Hita City. The people of Hita hope to “Light up our great past and wishful future for 1000 years!” This festival boasts over 30,000 bamboo lanterns.