Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival will be held from July 1st to 15th in Hakata, Fukuoka.
It is a big festival which has been continued more than 700 years.
There are 14 decorated Yamakasa and 7 moving Yamakasa.
The Decorated Yamakasa are about 10 meters high.
And there is a front and back side to each.
The Front one is faced to Kushida shrine and is usually about warriors.
The Back side are a lot of times from fairy-tales or TV animations.
Gorgeous dolls on both sides are made by doll makers in Hakata.
And on July 15th the mobile Yamakasa move to Kushida shrine and in Hakata.
I will go to see this years Yamakasa.
I found Torii (Shinto gates) at some shrine in Itoshima, Fukuoka.
But I don’t know the name of the shrine. : )
I thought foreign people like Torii.
There is a famous place for Torii in Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine has a tunnel of Torii.
It is said to have more than 1000 of them.
Many tourists go there.
Yesterday I went to this place.
It seemed like a foreign country.
Though it is on route 202 in Itoshima, Fukuoka, near Karatsu, Saga.
The Jamaican man and another foreign guy are running the bar/restaurant.
Right in front of it is a nice ocean beach.
We ate barbecued chicken and ribs.
Luckily there was live music by a foreigners band.
The wether was sunny in rainy season, so we had fun.
The restaurant’s names are SKY44 and XAYMACA BAY.
Murakamiya honpo is located near Shiraito no Taki in Fukuoka.
They sell shaved ice using original water from that waterfall.
It is called flower of white snow.
It is very soft and unusual.
I want to go there again.
This is Shiraito no Taki (water falls).
It is located in the middle of Hagane mountain at 900 meters in between Itoshima, Fukuoka and Saga.
That water falls’s drop is 23 meters.
The place has a lot of minus ions and it is cool, so many people visit there.
You can also enjoy yamame (a kind of trout) fishing and Nagashi Somen (fine white noodles served flowing in a small flume).
Summer in Japan is very hot, so it is nice to go to places like this, but they can be crowded at times.
These are scallions.
In Japanese they are called Rakkyo.
I pickled them with vinegar and sugar .
Often times Japanese people eat these with Curry.
Or people eat Fukujinzuke (vegetables pickled in soy sauce).
When I was small, I just liked Fukujinzuke because it is sweet, but now I love Rakkyo.
I have to keep them like this for at least 10 days until they will be ready.
“Calpis” is lactic-acid bacilli drink.
It started long ago and is very famous in Japan.
I think everybody knows it.
When I was a child, I looked forward to drinking it in summer.
In those days it was in a glass bottle, but now it is in a plastic bottle, though the package with blue dots on white is unchanged.
People mix it with water and drink it over ice.
In the USA, it’s name is “Calpico”,
because Calpis sounds like the piss of a cow in English.
Anyway, it is good to drink in summer.
The sign in the photo reads.. the taste of first love.