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Yamaga Winter Lantern Festival

A Kumamoto town lights up its winter nights

Mandy Bartok   - 1 min read
Venue : Yamaga When : Early Feb - Early Mar 2022

While the small city of Yamaga is best known for its summertime Obon lantern festival, the month of February sees the streets lit up in beautiful fashion.

Several blocks along Yamaga’s historic trading road are decorated with illuminated paper umbrellas and bamboo lanterns. The town’s beautifully-restored Yachiyoza theater, normally a venue for kabuki plays, hosts performances of the town’s famous summer dance.

The festival takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings during the month of February, but is cancelled in the event of rain or heavy snow. Displays are usually set up around sunset.

Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 10 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo.