Karatsu and the Karatsu Kunichi

I would’ve posted this earlier but my computer has been crapping out on me.  Somehow, it’s alive again but who knows when it’ll die (for real) next time?  Needless to say, I have been backing stuff up first then worrying about blogging later. Anyways.

After watching the morning races in the Saga International Balloon Festival (SIBF), we headed to Karatsu.  Karatsu is a small town in Saga that is famous for its yearly danjiri-like event called the Karatsu Kunichi.  Children and adults carry floats throughout the day and night while there are festival activities around the area.  This festival runs around the same time as the SIBF so were able to catch both.

The commute to Karatsu was nice and peaceful.

The commute to Karatsu was nice and peaceful.

We were lucky in that the festival was just starting when we arrived at the station so we managed to get good spots to see the entire run.

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Afterwards we wandered around Karatsu and visited Karatsu Castle.  For such an unknown castle, it was really nice!  It was right by the sea too which gave a wonderful view from the top.

Karatsu Castle.

Karatsu Castle.

The view from the top is really nice.

The view from the top is really nice.

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If you’re ever in Saga around the SIBF, try to stop by in Karatsu. It’s a nice little town with a great festival.

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