Last year in November I was invited by the Miyazaki International Foundation to give a presentation about my life as a foreign kimono teacher and my home Germany. It was my first time in this amazing city, which hides one of the biggest shrines for the Japanese god of the sea.
Kumamoto is located in the center of the southern Japanese island Kyūshū. Two of the most famous writers in Japan lived here and were inspired to books, every Japanese knows. Follow the tracks through Kumamoto’s literary past and look for inspiration on this tour.
Uto jizō matsuri (うと地蔵まつり) is one of the 3 big and well-known summer festivals in Kumamoto Prefecture. Find out more about the festival celebrated for the Bodhisattva who protects kids and pregnant women.
This place makes you feel like you’ve Japanese relatives with a flair like your aunt’s home and traditional local cuisine with fresh ingredients produced in Kumamoto. Located right next to Hitsuyūkan Highschool it’s super easy to find.
During the Golden Week (first week in May) I had the chance to participate in the biggest historical show in Kumamoto City: the oiran dōchū. Find out more about the day when I became a Japanese prostitute in Edo-Period.
There wasn’t a big difference between prostitute and trendsetter in Edo-Japan – this is what the film “Geisha” told us. But what we mistakenly see as a geisha (芸者) is actually something different – the so-called oiran (花魁). Find out more about the fashion icon in old Japan!
The southern island Kyūshū lies on the same latitude of North Africa. So when we think of the climate in North Africa, no one would think of snow. Would you? Well, in Kyūshū everything is possible.