Kunchi festival begins in Nagasaki

posted on October 7, 2015

Spectators have gathered in Nagasaki city, southwestern Japan, for a traditional autumn festival.

The Kunchi festival dates back more than 380 years.

Residents of 7 local communities offered dances, songs and other traditional performance at a shrine from early Wednesday morning.

One group performed a humorous dance, which portrays 2 Dutchmen exchanging comical conversation.

Nagasaki thrived on trade with the Netherlands during the feudal Edo period.

Another group performed a traditional dragon dance inspired by similar performances in China. Two teams of dancers each carried a huge dragon figure.

Spectators applauded as the performers exchanged their dragons without stopping the dance.

source by NHK world
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