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.
Women dressed in yukata which advocated gold garden lantern to head dance on the investigation of "yoheho clause" that relaxed atmosphere drifts elegantly, and they dance.
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 craft of Yamaga made only with Japanese paper and paste, "Yamaga garden lantern."

In the origin, we come from that country women of Yamaga raise torch and greeted Imperial tour of the twelfth Emperor Keiko that ahead was blocked by deep fog 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 to be able to be also known as pronoun of festival were born afterwards.

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

Tradition craft which coming Yamaga garden lantern does not use tree and nail from the Muromachi era, and is manufactured only with paste and Japanese paper of making paper by hand. 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 that is surprisingly light.
  • Buildings devise 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.

About 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 in August with the body continue.

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

Tradition is continuing being followed every day now by nine masters of garden lantern. A lot of masters of garden lantern for women play an active part now and, for reliable craftsmanship and disposition that kept the delicate sense alive, record new wind 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."

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 called, and sang go io 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, on seeing this dance "drunkenness as for you is said that is nuance such as hora".

Yamaga garden lantern Festival 2019 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 15:00-20:00
1,000 garden lantern dance government funds garden lantern display
19:00 19:00-19:15


The sky light type

"Light" dedication line

We cleanse and expel
Dance of dedication garden lantern

20:00 20:00-21:00
Enjoying the cool breeze fireworks display
We drain and dance garden lantern dance
Decoration garden lantern
21:00 21:00-21:30
Garden lantern dance
Kamoto agricultural high school folk art tradition department
22:00 22:00-22:30
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 10:00-11:00
Omiya Shrine annual festival

Decoration garden lantern

18:00 18:30-21:00
The opening
19:00 19:30-20:00
We drain and dance garden lantern dance
The beginning
Girl garden lantern dance, child rise garden lantern, Yamaga drum
20:00 20:20-20:30
Child rise garden lantern
The main story
1,000 garden lantern dances
21:00 21:30-22:00
Garden lantern dance
Kamoto agricultural high school folk art tradition department
It is left to the approach to a shrine side
22:00 22:15-22:45
Garden lantern dance
Garden lantern dance preservation meeting

Rise garden lantern
※22:20 ...
Feast behavior (there is only for amount)

We dance dedication garden lantern dance

Inferiority garden lantern


1,000 garden lantern dance grandstand ticket guidance

General sale

Monday, June 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. ...

※About advance sale ticket, it was sold out because of favorable reception. Thank you.

Figure of venue

1,000 garden lantern dances

Schedule/Friday, August 16, 2019
Time/20:00-21:00 (opening 18:30)
Place/Yamaga Elementary School ground

※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.