Art of light to shine in in the summer at night of Yamaga.

Yamaga garden lantern Festival

Kyushu outstanding summer feature "Yamaga garden lantern festival" coloring the whole town of Yamaga by fantastic light.
Japanese scene that is beautiful in figure which women dressed in yukata which put gold garden lantern on head dance on the investigation of "yoheho clause" that unhurried atmosphere drifts elegantly, and dances slightly with nostalgia synchronizes.
Two days to enjoy superb view which ancient cityscape and light weave. Please be fuddled with to the full.

Origin of Yamaga garden lantern Festival

Traditional industrial art object of Yamaga made only with Japanese paper and paste, "Yamaga garden lantern."

When the Kikuchi River was sailed up the twelfth Emperor Keiko as for the origin and was arrived near current Ohashi, Yamaga, ahead was blocked by deep fog which the whole area was filled with. In the occasion, country women of Yamaga raise torch and show way and come from that we invited Emperor Imperial tour safely.

Thereafter country women worship the Emperor in temporary palace sign (current Omiya Shrine), and it is done with opening every year what we came to give to light.

When it was the Muromachi era, we changed figure to paper gold garden lantern, and "Yamaga garden lantern dance" that woman who raised gold garden lantern to head danced and danced was born, and 1,000 garden lantern dances that it might be said with pronoun of festival were born afterwards.

Art Yamaga garden lantern of noble Japanese paper which is over time, and breathes

Tradition industrial art object which coming Yamaga garden lantern does not use tree and nail from the Muromachi era, and is manufactured only with paste and Japanese paper using local kazo. It is made with shrine-style, room, and, including famous gold garden lantern, there are various styles including castle structure and is expressed all precisely by hand. It is said that how to make includes coherent inviolable rule.

With inviolable rule made with garden lantern

  • We do not use tree and metal fittings at all and are made only with Japanese paper and a little paste.
  • Up to pillar and crosspiece of shoji, we finish each part in cavity. It is that purpose to be surprisingly light.
  • Buildings devise scales of length and breadth at original dimensions, and they are made not simple reduction miniature to express beauty and force as garden lantern.

Master of garden lantern

We cannot talk without "master of garden lantern" in talking about Yamaga garden lantern. Production technology of Yamaga garden lantern is inherited for a long time by master of this garden lantern, and it comes in the present age.

Training more than ten years is said to be need to become full-fledged garden lantern teacher and are the severe world needing high technique and mastery of skills.

Approximately 30 garden lanterns which is dedicated to garden lantern Festival now. Days when we receive purification by production start festival of Omiya Shrine of April and cannot pull breath until purge and garden lantern festival until August with the body continue.

We received production request, and we competed, and, as for the master of garden lantern, delicacy has been inherited as Proprietary, mystique of the master and pupil succession from generation to generation once in the house by wealthy merchant said to be master sinew in the town block without regretting trouble. By entertainment of the skill built delicately by such a craftsman, we can arrive at wonderful art of these days.

Tradition is continuing being protected every day now by splendid contest of Master garden lantern and three Master garden lantern probation of nine people bound together firmly in two characters of "pride". Master of garden lantern for women appears now and, for certain craftsmanship and disposition that we made use of the delicate sense in, records new breath on the making of garden lantern.

You can look at these beautiful garden lanterns in Yamaga lantern museum, Omiya Shrine, lantern.

yoheho clause

As for the master, there is not boneless garden lantern yohehoyoheho bone of Yamaga, too, but meat monashiyohehoyoheho

What sing by Yamaga garden lantern Festival, and is danced "yoheho clause."

Folk song that this song has been loved in Yamaga from the Meiji era. Because we were born after the Meiji era, we are bound in samisen song entering folk song system rather than folk song.

As for the sung lyrics, was adapted a play now in 1933 by Ujo Noguchi, and former song is lover's tryst of man and woman……, folk customs that we called and sang go io in were-style.

About the etymology of "yoheho", "drunkenness includes opinion which might come from + ho", and "ho" attracts mind of partner at time to promote anything to another person of Higo dialect characteristic; will recommend liquor to have a meaning.

From this, originally this song seemed to be sung as party, so-called room song. In other words, "you are told to be nuance such as hora drunkenness" on seeing this dance.

Yamaga garden lantern Festival 2018 itinerary


The Kikuchi River banks of a river Festival open space Omiya Shrine approach to a shrine event open space Omiya Shrine Yamaga small gymnasium
16:00 From 12:00 to 22:00
Decoration garden lantern
We challenge instagenic
From 15:00 to 20:00
1,000 garden lantern dance government funds garden lantern display (open to the public)
19:00 From 19:00 to 19:15

From 19:00 to 19:30
Kneading on fire walk

From 19:30 to 19:45
Sky light type

From 19:30 to 19:45
We cleanse and expel (garden lantern dance preservation meeting)

From 19:45 to 20:00
Dance (garden lantern dance preservation meeting) of dedication garden lantern

20:00 From 20:00 to 21:00
Enjoying the cool breeze fireworks display
From 20:00 to 20:30
We drain and dance garden lantern dance (lyceum)
21:00 From 21:00 to 21:30
Garden lantern dance (Kamoto agricultural high school folk art tradition department)
22:00 From 22:00 to 22:30
Garden lantern dance (garden lantern dance preservation meeting)


Festival open space 1,000 garden lantern dance Yamaga small ground Omiya Shrine Omiya Shrine approach to a shrine event open space
10:00 From 10:00 to 11:00
Omiya Shrine annual festival
From 10:00 to 21:00
Decoration garden lantern
We challenge instagenic
18:00 From 18:30 to 21:00
Mikoshi portable shrine
The opening
19:00 From 19:30 to 20:00
We drain and dance garden lantern dance
From 19:10 to 20:00
The beginning
Girl garden lantern dance, child rise garden lantern, Yamaga drum
20:00 From 20:20 to 20:30
Child rise garden lantern
From 20:00 to 21:00
The main story
1,000 garden lantern dances
21:00 From 21:30 to 22:00
Garden lantern dance
(Kamoto agricultural high school folk art tradition department)
From 21:00 to 21:30
It is left to the approach to a shrine side
22:00 From 22:15 to 22:45
Garden lantern dance
(garden lantern dance preservation meeting)

From 22:00 to 24:00
Rise garden lantern
※From 22:40 to 24:00
We challenge limit of feast

From 23:45 to 24:00
We dance dedication garden lantern dance
(garden lantern dance preservation meeting)
Inferiority garden lantern


1,000 garden lantern dance grandstand ticket guidance

General sale

Monday, June 18, 2018 10:00 a.m. ...

Ticket rate (all seat designation)

Seat, wheelchair seat (one piece) advance sale 3,000 yen, 4,000 yen on that day
Photographer seat (one piece) advance sale 5,000 yen, 6,000 yen on that day
Trout seat (for three people) advance sale 10,000 yen, 12,000 yen on that day
(with all seats, 2018 Ichiro Tsuruta design Yamaga garden lantern original round fans)

Figure of venue

1,000 garden lantern dances

Schedule / Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time /20:00 - 21:00 (opening 18:30)
Place / Yamaga Elementary School ground

Reservation method

Ticket PIA P cord: 639-350

The purchase at store

  • Ticket PIA of the whole country
  • Seven-Eleven (24 hours)

The Internet


Ticket PIA reservation exclusive telephone: 0570-02-9999 (P cord required)


※Refund except case of canceling does not perform 1,000 garden lantern dances.


Yamaga garden lantern Festival executive committee (Yamaga-shi business and industry sightseeing section) telephone: 0968-43-1579

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Cycle Yamaga takes a walk aimlessly

Commencing with "Yamaga garden lantern festival" that has been inherited as culture of Yamaga,
A lot of places where Yamaga can rediscover charm saying "there was such a place!"
We mention culture of delicious gourmet and Yamaga and,
We thought about plan to be able to enjoy new photogenic encounter.