Kyushu.Karatsu City

Kyushu.Karatsu City

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Karatsu (唐津市Karatsu-shi) is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of KyushuJapan. Its name, formed from the Japanese word roots 唐 kara (China, or continental East Asia in general), and 津 tsu (port), signifies its historical importance as an ancient trading port between Japan with China and Korea.[1] The central area of Karatsu, which does not include the former cities and villages of Higashimatsuura District, has a population of 78,386.

As of January 1, 2020, the city had an estimated population of 117,663 and a population density of 241 persons per km². The total area is 487.59 km².

On January 1, 2005, the towns of ChinzeiHamatamaHizenKyūragiŌchi and Yobuko. and the village of Kitahata (all from Higashimatsuura District) were merged into Karatsu.

On January 1, 2006, the village of Nanayama (from Higashimatsuura District) was merged into Karatsu.

Country Kyushu

Culture and History

saga.Karatsu Kunchi Festival 1The graceful Karatsu Castle stands watch over this castle town.Karatsu is famous for its Karatsu Kunchi festival, which runs annually from November 2 to November 4 and is visited by approximately 500,000 visitors from all over Japan. The festival consists of 14 hikiyama (floats made of many layers of paper mache) being carried around the city's narrow streets to calls of "Enya!". Some hikiyama members say "Yoisa!". This accompaniment is one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. Regularly during Karatsu Kunchi, people in this town open their homes to friends and strangers to eat and drink; the primary focus is enjoying food, beer, and shochu, and having lively conversation.In between Karatsu Station (唐津駅) and the main bus centre (大手口バスセンター) is a 170-metre arcade containing many small shops that specialize in Karatsu Kunchi omiyage, and the Korean-influenced local pottery which are called "Karatsu ware" since they refer to Japanese ceramic wares of Korean origin.[2] The actual date of production of the 'Karatsu Yaki' is believed to have begun being produced sometime "during the first half of the 16th century in the late Muromachi period."[3]Museums in Karatsu include Kawamura Art MuseumSaga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum, and Matsurokan, and shrines, Kagami