Thursday, September 23, 2010

Check Out Takeo City For Authentic Bite of Kyushu

Yabusame Horseback Archery

JapanTown presents Takeo City! Located in Saga Prefecture in northwestern Kyushu, Takeo is a popular tourist destination for its enigmatic performing arts, beautiful mountain landmarks and scenery, unique dishes, and soothing bathhouses. Takeo contains a wide range of mountains, including Mount Hachiman, which is over 3/4 of a kilometer high. These mountain ranges contain hot-spring bathhouses that have been a tradition for hundreds of years. These mountains are also home for some incredible landmarks, including some famous okusu trees over 3000 years old, the Saga Space Museum with its space simulations, and the Kofuku-ji statuettes of the Buddhist guardian gods. Takeo also hosts several annual traditional performances such as yabusame, horse-mounted archery dating back 800 years, and the araodori dances, which have been performed for over 400 years.

At the Soul Food Festival, Takeo City will be bringing some of their local specialties. We invite you to stop by and try some champon noodles, lemongrass tea and cider, green tea, kuromai, Ariake Seaweed, and Toshin curry! Check out their brochure for more information.


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