Kyushu University Manabi-tai Joins the Parade at Hakata Dontaku Festival
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, a group of about 120 Kyushu University students, staff and faculty members, known as the Kyushu University Manabi-tai, took part in the Hakata Dontaku Port Festival, a traditional festival held by citizens of Fukuoka city.
This year, for the group's seventh time participating in the parade, a festival committee mainly composed of students made a parade plan with the slogan, “Ito-Ikuto! -Kyushu University spins history-”
The slogan represents the idea that new campus will carry forward the history of the old campus after the relocation of Kyushu University in Ito.
The use of Hakata dialect in“Ito-Ikuto!” allows Fukuoka citizens to closely associate themselves with the theme.
On the day of the event, members of the committee, along with students and faculty members, marched in the parade with the performances by ETOILES cheerleaders and Ouendan (cheer group). While marchers in originally designed Happi coats were dancing and singing school songs with thunder sticks in their hands, dormitory students and alumni carried the Dormitory’s traditional portable shrine. Favored by good weather and with applause and cheering from spectators along the road, the parade lasted for about 30 minutes went very well.
On the next day, a group of students from the School of Design, known as “Geiko-sai (Design Festival) Dontaku-tai” joined the parades to promote Geiko-sai 2018, the biggest annual event held at Ohashi campus, Kyushu University.