This week sees Fukuoka ring in the third of the three signature festivals of the region: the Hojoya festival. It is the final Matsuri of the summer and generally seen as the festival that brings in the autumn season. It is a festival based around the buddhist precept of not killing, so birds and fish are ceremonially released from captivity.
The first of two trips to the festival has already passed at Genki JACS and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely! Hundreds of booths, food and drink stalls, along with the traditional yatai – serving everything from ramen to yakiniku. Those who could turned out in their yukata and added to the thriving family atmosphere.
There is one more evening trip left this week and many students are returning during the day to celebrate and acquire more souvenirs!