Under a sunny sky today, the kabuki actors along with invited VIP paraded down the Naka River while fans cheered on from the riverbanks. The procession began at Seiryu Park and ended at Hakata Riverain where Fukuoka’s kabuki theater, Hakataza, is located. Fukuoka Now staff were invited to ride inside one of the boats, and below are some our snapshots. The event was a warm-up to the June kabuki performances which run from June 2 to June 26. Tickets are still available. If you haven’t seen live kabuki yet, you really should! This series features kabuki stars Matsumoto Hakuo II (who was formerly known as Matsumoto Koshiro IX) alongside his son Ichikawa Somegoro VII who has taken on his father’s former title and will now be known as Matsumoto Koshiro X. For more information access here.