Nagasaki Kunchi 長崎くんち Nagasaki (Oct.)
Nagasaki Kunchi is the autumn ritual of Suwa Shrine, the guardian shrine of Nagasaki. It began in 1634. The towns of Nagasaki City are divided into seven groups, and each group gives their performance once every seven years as an offering to the shrine deity. In 2015, Suwa-machi will perform a spirited dragon dance, with blue and white dragons, and smaller ones called “child” and “grandchild” dragons. The dragons have ten handlers, and dance along with a performer who balances a ball on a pole. The handlers switch places in an instant, creating an exciting spectacle in this action-packed event. Nagasaki Kunchi is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Suwa Jinja (or other), Kaminishiyama-machi, Nagasaki city, Nagasaki
Walk 10 min. from Suwajinja-mae station following the Hotarujaya street car route
*To see the festival show, please purchase a ticket in advance.