Every year in October the Mizuakari Festival brightens the night with 54,000 lights lining Kumamoto City's Sakura-machi to Karashima Park.
Along both sides of the street, bamboo poles with varying patterns, resembling Australian aboriginal designs are placed into small holes. The lit up bamboo columns stretch continuously all the way to illuminate Kumamoto Castle.
Elementary and junior high schools also participate and the students' lanterns enhance the beauty of the festival. Their messages on some of the lanterns were so funny that some visitors burst out laughing.
In front of and around Kotsu Center tents are selling foods such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes with various ingredients).
I was amazed at today's youth writing haiku poetry, with words such as spirit (魂) and peace (平和). Seeing these made me recall my memories of arts and crafts class during my elementary school years.