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Yamaga Historic District

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Winter Lantern Festival in Yamaga Yamaga  Japan

Winter Lantern Festival in Yamaga

The town of Yamaga in northern Kumamoto prefecture is best known for its summer festival, when thousands of women balancing lanterns on their heads dance through the night.

In winter, however, an equally colorful and far less visited event takes place. Paper umbrellas (wagasa) and bamboo luminaries line the main street every Friday and Saturday evening for the entire month of February, and drum and dance performances are held at the town's historic Yachiyoza Theater.