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February 12, 2012

Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2012


After the afternoon in Glover Garden, our team of 6 made our way down to the main areas and temples involved in the Nagasaki Lantern Festival. For two weeks in early February every year, Nagasaki rings in the Chinese New Year by illuminating the city with around 15, 000 lanterns. The festival recognises & celebrates the city's Chinese history - with Chinese food stalls, lion and dragon dances, Chinese acrobats, performances and more.



It was the third time for us to visit Nagasaki and, although I've loved all of our visits, this one was extra special. Whilst it was still light, we wandered to a few of the shrines involved in the festival, which were all decked out with lanterns and other decorations. 



There was a kanji writing / calligraphy station set up at one of the shrines, and we all had a go.We got the main area too early (it was still light out), but it was a great chance to see the place before it got too crowded.



We decided to head off in search of dinner, and return when it became dark. On the way to dinner we passed these pink lanterns for the first time- it was one of my favourite sights of the festival. They reflected beautifully onto the river, and were such a pretty, soft colour...






After a meal at an izakaya we made our way back through the festival. In the dark the pink river lanterns were even more stunning...


Our route went down one very crowded alley- it was like walking in a sea of people under a sky of glowing red lanterns...



Back at the main attraction area, the night had just intensified the effect of the lanterns. Words can't do it justice...







We rushed back to Nagasaki Station by tram, to catch the 2nd last train home. We all arrived back in Fukuoka in a zombie-like state after such an amazing but exhaustingly long day. Kam & I were so happy we were able to share the experience with Em, Jase, Liam and Lou.

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