Kochi’s Yosakoi FestivalRead Later
Have you heard of the “Yosakoi Festival”? It’s a very striking festival, in which dancers with wooden clappers called “naruko” dance along to the beat. The festival was first held over 60 years ago, and it has become such a popular phenomenon both in Japan and worldwide that it is currently held in 18 different locations across the world.
Kochi is the original home of the Yosakoi Festival.
The Makino Botanical Garden was opened in April of 1958, to honor Kochi Prefecture’s Dr. Tomitaro Makino, so-called the father of Japanese botany, who had died the year prior.
The garden is located on Mt. Godai, a place rich with natural history and scenic beauty, surrounded by the Kochi plains.
Kochi Prefecture Illumination Festa 2016Read Later
At Kochi City’s Central Park, located in the heart of the city, dazzling lights glitter for around a full month during the “Illumination Festa.” Between a 17-meter-tall Christmas tree and around 55,000 LED lights, the park is completely transformed at night. The surrounding areas also have a bright ambiance, making the park into a warm and inviting landscape.
What comes to mind when you think of Kochi? Sakamoto Ryoma or katsuo (skipjack tuna), perhaps? Or maybe it’s their plentiful sinking bridges!