• he 49th Ushibuka Haiya Festival, specially held as “Defeat Corona! Haiya’s Competition”.
    We won't lose to the coronavirus! Haiya dance competition Please enjoy the 49th Ushibuka Haiya Festival, which was specially held as "Defeat Corona! Haiya's Competition".
  • Ushibuka Summer Haiya Festival
  • Dancing the summer away
    The grand event––a series of dance performances––is usually held at the Ushibuka Sōgō Center. Though it primarily revolves around the Ushibuka Haiya dances, interspersed between are shamisen performances and min’yo performed by folk music veterans. Any choice of min’yo almost always includes ‘Otemoyan,’ a famous Kumamoto classic featuring charmingly nonsensical lyrics. Other traditional folk dances … Read more
  • The colours of an Amakusa summer
    Ushibuka Haiya Bushi may be the star of the festival, but the Summer Haiya is just as much of a community event, an opportunity for everyone to gather. Early evening, just as the blazing heat of day softens to a sultry humidity, is the perfect time to head to the night market. Usually organised by … Read more
  • Dancing the night away
    The Amakusa Islands may have the dubious distinction of having Japan’s fastest depopulation rate, but you wouldn’t think it to see the sheer number of people attending its festivals. The Ushibuka Haiya Bushi is the focal point of the spring and summer festivals, the April festivities being the liveliest of them all. Entire streets are … Read more

Ushibuka Haiya-bushi-Asking for the roots of Haiya folk songs

  “Ushibuka Haiyabushi” is a folk song born in Ushibuka in the latter half of the Edo period. It is said that it was spread all over the country by sailors who called at Ushibuka Fishing Port.

If you want to fully enjoy “Ushibuka Haiya Odori”, a dance that has been added to the Ushibuka Haiya Festival, you should visit the “Ushibuka Haiya Festival” after all.

“Ushibuka Haiya Festival” held every April

  The folk song “Ushibuka Haiyabushi”, which has been handed down to Ushibuka-cho in Amakusa City since the late Edo period, features rhythms peculiar to the southern country and peculiar moderation. Ushibuka, which has a calm natural harbor, was once a transit base for many seafarers.

It is said that the beginning of Ushibuka Haiya is that local women sang to entertain such sailors. Ushibuka Haiya Odori is a dance of Haiyabushi. At the Ushibuka Haiya Festival, held every April, dances are performed Haiya Festival. Above all, “So-odori(Grand Haiya Dance)”, full of dynamism, is a highlight.

Let’s go to the Ushibuka Haiya Festival, a spring tradition of Amakusa

Ushibuka Haiya Festival, where young and old men and women dance

  The Ushibuka Haiya Festival began in 1972 in order to inherit the “Ushibuka Haiya Odori”, a dance that was added to Ushibuka Haiya Bushi, which has been sung in Ushibuka as a traditional performing art. The current Ushibuka Haiya Festival is held every April for three days, the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and attracts a large number of tourists visiting from outside the city.

One of the highlights of the Ushibuka Haiya Festival is the “So-odori(Grand Haiya Dance)”, which is held twice at 19:00 on Saturday and at 13:00 on Sunday. Thousands of young and old men and women dressed in Happi parade around the town with shamisen and drum music.

A dynamic dance is performed with the shouting “Yoisar, Yoiser” on the light rhythm of the Haiya clause, and the whole town of Ushibuka is wrapped in heat. The atmosphere of the festival is completely different between Saturday at night and Sunday at noon. If possible, stay in the local area and enjoy two different expressions.

Jump in and participate “Ushibuka Haiya  So-odori(Grand Haiya Dance)”. Also you can enjoy Markets and marine parades

Fishing fleet marine parade ” where dozens of fishing boats run on the sea

  On both days, “So-odori(Grand Haiya Dance)” has a group called “tobiiri-maru ” for general participants, and tourists can jump in. Immediately before the start of the total dance, a course is held by Ushibuka Haiya Preservation Society, so you can participate without worrying about choreography. If you visit the area with great effort, feel the heat of the festival with your whole body.

In addition to Ushibuka Haiya Festival, there are various events besides “So-odori(Grand Haiya Dance)”. Ushibuka’s famous Haiya City, which is held on Saturday and Sunday, offers a variety of marine products, as well as dishes using fresh Ushibuka seafood.

What is held around Ushibuka Port on Sunday is the “Fish Fleet Marine Parade”. Don’t miss a parade where dozens of fishing boats carrying bright big fishing flags splash and splash on the sea.

A port town that has long prospered as a key point in maritime traffic-Ushibuka

“Ushibuka Haiya Bridge”, one of the scenery representative of Ushibuka

  Located in the southwestern part of Kumamoto Prefecture, Amakusa consists of 120 islands, large and small, centered on Kamishima and Shimoshima. Surrounded by three seas, the Ariake Sea, Yatsushiro Sea (Shiranui Sea) and the East China Sea, the scenic scenery spreads.

Ushibuka-cho, Amakusa City, located at the southernmost tip of Amakusa, is a port town with Ushibuka Fishing Port, the prefecture’s largest fishing base. Ushibuka Fishing Port, which has a deep cove, was once a calm and natural good port without anchoring, so it has long prospered as a rich seafood production center and a key point of maritime transportation.

The Ushibuka Kaisai Museum’s “History of Fisheries” is one of the places where Ushibuka’s history of fisheries is touched. “The kingdom of Ushibuka is a good port for any kind of boat,” even in the “Kingdom of Japan”, which was written by the Spanish, Avila Giron, during the voyage of the 15th and 16th centuries. .

“The birthplace” of Haiya dance sung throughout the country

Haiya Musume’s monument welcomes you at Ushibuka Port Ferry Terminal

  In Ushibuka-cho, Amakusa-shi, Ushibuka Haiya-bushi, the roots of Haiya folk songs nationwide, was born in the late Edo period. At that time, Ushibuka, an important base for maritime traffic, had many sailing ships carrying marine products.

It is said that the beginning of Ushibuka Haiya-bushi was sung by a Ushibuka woman at a banquet in order to entertain the sailors who stopped at Ushibuka Port for waiting for time, waiting for the wind, buying and selling cargo, and so on. Sailors spread the hijabushi to ports around the country, and with various arrangements, became established.

It is said that folk songs whose roots are Ushibuka Haiya are thus sung in about 40 places. Among them, “Sado Okesa” in Niigata Prefecture and “Awa Odori” in Tokushima Prefecture are well known.

The origin of Haiya is “HAE (southern wind)”, which is an essential wind for sailing ships sailing north from Ushibuka. It is believed that the HAE became a HAEYA and then aHAIYA. Where did The ship that came out of Haiya this morning get into which port? The ship that left this morning due to the wind of the HAE reached the harbor?) The thoughts of Ushibuka’s women are included.

A stone monument of “Hayabushi-Hatsuyachinochi” is erected on the Ushibuka Haiya Bridge from the side of “Ushibuka Kaisaikan”.

Junko Hayamizu

Master of Ushibuka Haiya

  Born in Ushibuka-cho, Amakusa City. Representative of Ushibuka Haiya Preservation Society “Hayamizushachu” formed in 1980. He has been supporting Haiyah for more than half a century through appearances in events around the country and the development of successors. She is still active while Over 80 years old,and is committed to the succession and promotion of Haiya culture. The stage name of the dance (Natori) is “Kojyun Fujima”.