Kunchi Festival Kicks Off In Nagasaki

Kunchi festival kicks off in Nagasaki

An autumn event dating back more than 380 years has kicked off in Nagasaki City, southwestern Japan.

The Kunchi festival is designated as an important national intangible folk cultural asset.

Residents from five communities gave traditional performances at Suwa Shrine on Monday morning.

One group of six people danced for long-lasting prosperity. They portrayed ascending cranes while dressed in red and blue kimono.

Another group of people performed with a three-ton model of a Dutch ship. Their community prospered from trade with the Netherlands during Japan's period of isolation from the rest of the world.

Lastly, a group from a community with links to a past Chinese settlement performed with gongs, firecrackers and a 20-meter model of a dragon.

The festival runs until Wednesday.