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Sugatani Perch: A Dish That Shows the Pride of the Castle Town Merchants in Karatsu

"Enya, enya! Yoisa, yoisa!" Every year in November, giant festival floats are paraded through the former castle town of Karatsu to the sound of these cheers by the float-bearers. Included in 2016 on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in the "Yama, Hoko, Yatai Float Festivals in Japan" listing, Karatsu Kunchi is known as a festival that demonstrates the spirit of Karatsu's men. Women of the town serve their home-cooked festival food as a way to show their thanks to the people who support their family. This cuisine is an indispensable part of this former castle town's lively festival period.


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