The city name “Taketa” means bamboo and rice field. As indicated, the city has been abundant with bamboo forests however maintenance of the forests has become an important issue recently due to a sharp drop in bamboo demand and rapidly decreasing population in the city. People of Taketa started this festival in 2000 for maintenance of the bamboo forests by using trimmed bamboo for the lanterns, and hoped for more tourists to the city. Now the festival has become a major annual event of the city with 20,000 lanterns illuminating the city centre fantastically for 3 nights in November.
- The festival begins on the 3rd Friday in November for 3 nights. Lanterns will be lit up at 16:30. Traffic in the city centre to be restricted extensively. Shuttle bus services will be available between the makeshift parking and the city centre at a reasonable fare.
- The festival begins on the 3rd Friday in November for 3 nights. Lanterns will be lit up at 16:30.
- Taketa City, Oita Prefecuture
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