Main event of the Ushibuka Haiya Festival
Grand Parade of Ushibuka Haiya Dancers
Fleet of fishing boats
The Ushibuka Haiya Festival brings the colors of spring to Amakusa
The Ushibuka Haiya Festival is the largest event welcoming spring to Amakusa. During the 3-day festival the entire community is immersed in the Haiya molody with 5,000 dancers young and old, men and women, winding their way through the narrow streets. Side events include a fisheries fair and a parade of fishing boats.
Inquiries:Ushibuka Haiya Festival Organization Committee
Tel: 0969-73-2111 Time: in mid-April
Traditional Handcrafts of Amakusa
Amakusa Earthenwear Dolls
Traditional local toys. There are about 100 different figures including a mountain hag and a sumo wrestler. Unglazed molded figures undergo bisque firing and are hand-colored.
Traditionally sea sponge, vegetable sponge, or fern was used as a core which was wrapped with cotton and shaped into a ball. These beautiful objects are popular as ornaments and souvenirs.
Amakusa Oshie Pictures
Parts of an image are made separately of colorful stuffed fabrics and then arranged on a background board to complete the picture. Oshie Pictures are greatly appreciated as wall hangings.
Amakusa Brahman Kites
It is said that Portuguese missionaries introduced Brahman kites to Amakusa at the beginning of the Edo Period. The bamboo- stick-frame kites are now a very popular folk art.