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A Festival to Appreciate a Bountiful Fall

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The top festival in the Kyushu area attracts approximately one million visitors. This culturally important festival has been going on for over a thousand years, and the Japanese people have carried on a teaching from their ancestors, "Love all things in life, Ban killing, Thank the autumn harvest".
This event is thought of so fondly as one that celebrates fall foods, that there's a saying, "nashi mo kaki mo Hojoya (You can get any autumn harvest like pears and persimmons in Hojoya)". Come and enjoy the 700 stands that line the road leading to the shrine, and you'll be able to understand why they say "nashi mo kaki mo Hojoya".

Come see a traditional festival appreciating the simple things in life

The Three Major Hakata Festivals are the Dontaku, Yamakasa, and Hojoya Festival. But the Hojoya Festival is the number one festival in Kyushu with approximately one million visitors. A culturally vital festival that has been held for over 1,000 years, and the Japanese people have carried on a teaching from their ancestors, "Love all things in life, Ban killing, Thank the autumn harvest".
The origins of this festival are said to have come from an oracle saying, "Because so many lives are lost in the wars, a festival to free living things should be observed". Long ago, this event was essentially a giant banquet called "makudashi", where people from each town in Hakata, now the capital of Fukuoka prefecture, would bring kimonos and food for everyone to enjoy.
Why don't you come and see for yourself the 700 stands that line the roads leading up to the shrine? One glance and you'll understand why it's thought of so fondly by the locals, as "nashi mo kaki mo Hojoya (You can get any autumn harvest like pears and persimmons in Hojoya)".

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