From 7th to 9th October, the city of Nagasaki celebrates this dynamic festival with exotic floats and dances. This autumn festival dating back to the 17th century is dedicated to Suwa Shrine in prayer for good harvest. The floats take form of dragons, whales, drums, trade ships and many others, the design and style of which shows a strong influence from Portugal, the Netherlands and China.
The festival's name is believed to derive from ku-nichi ('9th day'), or the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar. The dances of Western clowns combined with Japanese traditional performance are very comical, and the final day has a climax event to carry the dragon float up the stairs leading to the shrine. Similar Kunchi festivals are held in different time and places in northern Kyushu.
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