Many of the class members got up really early (2:30am!!) and took the only train to meet Hirose sensei for the beginning of the Yamkasa Matsuri festivities.
Though people were a bit bleary eyed, it was well worth the effort.
The Yamkasa Matsuri is one of the most famous festivals in Japan and to watch all those men and boys run and carry these crazily elaborate floats down the street with such energy and commitment was a sight to behold.
Hirose sensei got us to walk to almost Hakata Station to a place where she knew we would see more of the festival.
It was a turnaround and the floats paraded passed us and then did a circle and passed us again.
It is never easy to catch a festival in Japan and I am totally grateful for another fantastic cultural trip.