Introduction

The western part of the Saga Prefecture is a region famous for producing ceramics and porcelain, particularly the towns of Karatsu, Imari, and Arita. The capital is the city of Saga. Saga Prefecture is located in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. Saga Prefecture touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea. The city of Karatsu is famous for its Karatsu Castle which look over the city. Karatsu is famous for its Karatsu Kunchi festival, which runs annually from November 2 to November 4 and is visited by approximately 500,000 visitors from all over Japan. The festival consists of 14 hikiyama (floats made of paper mache) being carried around the city's narrow streets to chants of "Enya! Enya" or "Yoisa!", from the members of Karatsu Kunchi.

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