上陽まつり – Kinma festival in Joyo

On Saturday the 13th and Sunday the14th of November the Joyo Kinma matsuri took place in Joyo as the name implies, which is to be found in Yame district.
The Joyo Kinma matsuri is an annual festival in November characterized by its stalls selling tasty food and drinks and handmade works as well as there are attractions for children like a bouncing castle and a ridable wagon made out of wood. At Groundwork Fukuoka’s stall there were successfully sold fried potatoes, different types of Japanese candies as well as cold and warm drinks.
The festival began at 10am and ended at about 4pm on both days. On Saturday it was children’s day, implying that the members taking part in the Kinma race were all kids. On Sunday, a very sunny and warm day, teams made of adults competed against each other.
The Kinma race is a traditional tournament in which five people carry a sled with a 400kg bag filled with rice (different guidelines on children’s day). There are various prizes for costumes and performances. The winning team with the best performance receives 300.000 Yen, the winning team with the most original costumes receives small prizes. This year – as well as the last years before – a local team had won.
When the festival ended everyone who helped selling at Groundwork Fukuoka’s stall, about eight adults and meanwhile also some children, began with the teardown. Later the goods were brought to Joyo’s cultural house and stored there.
All in all it was a very nice and recommendable festival. The visitors enjoyed their time in Joyo and most of them will surely come again next year.

(written by Julia)


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