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Ushibuka Haiya Festival

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Ushibuka Haiya Festival
Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto Prefecture

Ushibuka Haiya Festival is a festival of the traditional performing arts “Haiya-bushi” carried in Haiya, Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture, and held in April every year. It is said that the Ushibuka Haiya was born in the late Edo period. Ushibuka at this time was the main point of maritime traffic, and many sailing vessels carrying marine products and the like were transiting in and out of this location. It is said that these sailors and Ushibuka women singing and dancing were the beginning of Ushibuka Haiya-bushi. Awa Odori, etc. are also said to be the root of Haiya folk songs throughout Japan. “Haiya” is the etymology of the “South Wind” indispensable to a sailing ship leaving Ushibuka and going northward. In the Kyushu district, the south wind is said to be the “fly wind”, it is thought that the fly (Hae) became Haeya and Haeya became Haiya.

Enjoy rhythmic songs and light and fun dancing!

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