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YAMAGA

Many ancient burial mounds are found here and there are indications of strong ties with China and Korea.

People have been living along Kikuchi river since the Stone age, as the land is rich and fertile. It is believed that Kuma-koku, which is written in ancient texts as Gishi-Wajin-den, was a counterpart of Yamatai-koku, along the river.

+ Yamaga Onsen
The legend of Yamaga Onsen is that a wounded deer soaked in water during the Heian-era (794-1192) and was completely healed. Yamaga prospered as an inn town on the Buzen-kaido road. The water is mild and good for the skin.

+ Yachiyo-za
Yachiyo-za is a playhouse built in 1910 that has an Edo-era (1603-1867) atmosphere. The revolving stage, the sunken stage, the "Hanamichi" (an extra stage section used in Kabuki theater, located stage left) and other facilities remain unchanged. Kabuki plays, including a special performance by Bando Tamasaburo (1950- ), are performed here.

+ Yamaga Toro Matsuri (Festival)
A Yamaga Toro lantern is made of Japanese paper and glue. There are 2 types of lanterns: one is a large temple-shaped lantern dedicated to Omiya Shrine, the other is a gold lantern. Women put the gold lantern on their head and elegantly dance all night wearing the same Yukata as one seen in the "Sen-nin Toro" dance at the festival.

+ Yamaga Toro Roman
In Yamaga Onsen town, buildings, umbrellas and decorations made of Japanese paper and bamboo are wonderfully illuminated.

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