清正公まつりSeishoko Festival 2014

Today, on Sunday 27th July, 2014, the Seishoko Festival 清正公まつり (Seishoko Matsuri) is taking place in Kumamoto City in the prefecture of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Organised by Kato Shrine 加藤神社 in Kumamoto, the Seishoko Matsuri is held to honour and remember the founder of Kumamoto, Lord Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正. Seishoko 清正公 is an honorific designation as well as a term of endearment for Kato Kiyomasa 加藤 清正. The …

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In Celebration of Sisters

 March third in Japan is Girls’ Day, a day designated to celebrate daughters in the family, an occasion when girls’ health and happiness become the focus of prayers and festivities in the home.  Preparations for 雛祭りHina Matsuri are made days in advance with homes, streets and shop fronts exhibiting the ornamental 雛人形hina ningyou dolls on lavish red-tiered display stands that date back to centuries of tradition.  An elaborate display comprises …

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