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Celebrated for more than a thousand years, Hojoya is a traditional festival to welcome the fall. On 18th September every year, thousands of birds are released, thus giving them independence. This ritual is called the Shinto ritual and is performed at the Hakozaki Shrine. There are a number of stalls selling candies and gift items and the entire city is decorated like a fair.
This festival invokes the New Year and is celebrated to pray for a good harvest in the coming year. The celebration includes a tussle between two groups of men over a large ball to push over to the front of the shrine. It is usually celebrated on the 3rd of January.
About a million people gather on the streets of Fukuoka on Toka Ebisu. During this festival, people pray to the goddess of wealth, Ebisu as well as to one of the seven gods of fortune, Shichifukujin. It is a time to pray for wealth and prosperity and bamboo branches and put up in houses, shops and offices. In addition, there is a parade of geishas through the streets, who pray for wealth.
Held at the breathtaking Mt. Hachimen, Concert on the Rock is a two day music fest featuring top class artistes. Musicians and bands from around the globe perform here. Pop, punk, jazz, rock and more; the music here caters to diverse tastes. Catch performances by artistes like Aqua Bomb, Jam, Dr. Funkenstein and many more. All proceeds from this event go to charity. There is on-site camping and tents are available for those who don't mind roughing it out.
This event hall is enormous—perhaps Fukuoka's biggest if the Kokusai Center isn't. It can seat thousands and thousands of spectators, and then some. The capacity, to be more precise, is 15,000 people. It is used for events so diverse in nature that the hall's uses cannot be characterized. From sporting events, like the national high-school kendo tournament to hairdressers' balls, anything goes. The exterior of the building features some attractive architecture that overlooks Hakata Bay near Bayside Place. There is also ample parking available.
Located inside the Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel, the Fukuoka Sun Palace Hall is a huge auditorium that is used for multiple purposes. This plush hall with great acoustics is an ideal venue for concerts, ballet, opera and theater. Besides these it is also a convention and lecture hall. With a seating capacity of 2,316 it is one of the largest of its kind in the city.
Probably one of the oldest festivals celebrated in this cultural city of Fukuoka, people make merry during the Yamakasa that spans for about two weeks. A large group of people from different parts of the city participate in the festivities. The day begins a number of contests but the most important event is the race, where the participants (only men) carry floats that weigh a several hundred pounds. Men are attired in 'shimekomi', which is a just a loin cloth that is won by Sumo wrestlers.
This enormous, gorgeous new theatre in Fukuoka's historic district gives kabuki lovers, or anyone interested in fine drama, something to celebrate. With 1,500 seats arranged in three tiers, a rotating stage, and other essential facilities providing the perfect place for Japanese stage art, a sub-excellent performance (gasp!--as if that would ever happen here) might even seem outstanding. Kabuki, of course, is not all that you can catch here. Hakataza also hosts concerts for popular Japanese crooners. For schedule information, check the homepage (Japanese only) or call general information (they speak some English).
A vibrant addition to Fukuoka's flourishing music scene, Gates 7 is the portal that allows you into the world of great music and entertainment. Located in the city's Nakasu neighborhood, this venue offers a well-equipped venue that presents musicians and other artists from all over the world. The venue also serves a delectable food fare, including favorites like pizzas, fried chicken, french fries and more. There is alcohol available as well, so be it draft beer, a shot of whiskey or sake, a glass of wine, or some exotic cocktail, this venue can provide it. The concert hall is also available on rent for a range of private or corporate events. See the website or call the venue to know more.
This is the largest of three theaters in the Nakasu area, and perhaps the most widely recognized, as it faces Meiji-dori, the four-lane strip that runs through numerous districts of the city. It certainly has an older feel than the AMC or United cinemas elsewhere in the city, but perhaps this gives it a little extra charm. Most of the films that play here are blockbusters. If the larger theaters in the city are sold out, then you could try here.
The Fukuoka Civic Hall is a thriving arts center that hosts variety of events throughout the year. It features two halls that stage musicals, concerts, dramas, workshops, practice sessions and similar events. For event schedule and other details, call ahead.
Fukuoka Symphony Hall is not only one of Fukuoka's greatest classical concert venues; it is also one of Japan's finest. The list of esteemed musicians worldwide who have played here is endless. The 3-story interior was desgined by Toru Yasunaga, concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and can accommodate 1,871 people, including four seats for the disabled (1667 when the orchestra pit is being used). Scheduling information is available on pamphlets outside the hall or through the website (note that there is an English version of the page at the bottom).