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Kagoshima Prefecture

Tenmonkan Millionation 2018

Tenmonkan Millionation is a large-scale illumination of Tenmonkan, Kagoshima’s largest downtown area, utilizing around 1 million lights. Keeping in mind Tenmonkan’s namesake, the astronomical observation facility “Meijikan,” (also known as “Tenmonkan”) the theme for the illumination is “cosmic creation.”

Kagoshima – Ohara Matsuri

Kagoshima’s Ohara Matsuri is a lively, vibrant festival during which over 20,000 dancers parade through the city to the beat of songs like “Ohara-bushi,” a local folk song.
Dancers wear different designs of outfits based on the teams they are on, and since the outfits are so colorful and beautiful, it’s even fun to just watch the performances!

Kirishima-Jingu

Kirishima-Jingu

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Kirishima-Jingu is a shrine that represents southern Kyushu. Founded in the 6th century, it boasts a deep and ancient history.
Kirishima-Jingu was transferred to its present location over 500 years ago, after repeatedly burning down and being rebuilt due to Mt. Kirishima’s eruptions.
This shrine worships Ninigi-no-Mikoto of Japan’s founding myth.

Sakurajima

Sakurajima

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Sakurajima is an active composite volcano located in Kagoshima Bay. It is a symbol of Kagoshima, and part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park. The volcano began to form around 26,000 years ago, and it has had 17 major eruptions. Sakurajima used to be an island, as its name suggests (shima means island), but the lava flow from the 1914 eruption filled the strait between Sakurajima and the mainland, connecting it to the Osumi Peninsula. Even in the present day, Sakurajima has small-scale eruptions nearly daily.
However, many people live on Sakurajima. It is said that volcanoes are a source of blessings, including delicious crops and hot springs that relieve people’s fatigue.
The smoke that Sakurajima spews is powerful and entrancing, making it a popular attraction.