Cultural in Nagasaki

Kunchi Matsuri

This energetic festival features Chinese dragons dancing all around the city, but especially at Suwa-jinja. The festival is marked by elaborate costumes, fireworks, cymbals and giant dragon puppets.
Cultural in Nagasaki

Peiron Dragon-Boat Races

Colourful boat races were introduced by the Chinese in the mid-1600s, and held to appease the god of the sea. They still take place in Nagasaki harbour.
Cultural in Nagasaki


During this festival, lantern-lit boats are floated on the harbour to honour ancestors. The boats are of various sizes and hand-crafted from a variety of materials (bamboo, wood, rice stems etc). Eventually they are…