A couple visiting Saga City uncovered some strange bones in Higata Yoka Park. Investigations by scientists showed the bones were those of an unknown creature dubbed “W･R･S･B” What kind of creature could this be, with such a mysterious name? Is it an alien from outer space? Once the scientist said that “all will be eaten.”, someone believed this to mean there was a plan to use “W･R･S･B” as a biological weapon and nearby Higata town was closed after citizens there panicked.
“W･R･S･B”, featured in this promotional movie created by Saga city is actually a rare fish called Warasubo which is found in the Ariake Sea. Warasubo looks ugly but is actually tasty. It can be eaten deep fried, sun dried, grilled and more!
What kind of place is Saga City, Saga Prefecture?
The city is located in southeastern part of Saga Prefecture and is its capital city. The southern part of the city faces the Ariake Sea and the northern part is mostly mountainous. The southern part is called the Saga plain. Saga City is known as a city of balloons and an international balloon fiesta is held every November. The average temperature throughout the year is 17°C and the warm weather makes for growing good grains and vegetables. Also, seaweed farming in Ariake Sea is ideal. Saga city offers a good quality of life because of its numbers of shops, pharmacies, hospitals and eateries. There are many historic sites in Saga city, from around the period where Edo period ended and the Meiji period began. The Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo is being held until 14th January, 2019 to celebrate 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. Saga’s attractions are not only of historical places but also other fun activities, hot springs, breathtaking sceneries, and good local food such as Saga ramen, Sicilian rice, Etsu and Mutsugoro fish dishes!
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 1h 40 mins from Haneda Airport to Saga Airport. It takes 25 mins from Saga airport to the center of Saga city by car or bus.
Approximately 1h 40 mins from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport. It takes about 6 mins from the airport to Hakata station by subway. It takes 40 mins from Hakata station to Saga station by train of JR Kagoshima Honsen line.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 5 hrs from Tokyo station to Hakata station by bullet train. It takes 40 mins from Hakata station to Saga station by train of JR Kagoshima Honsen line.
Saga Balloon Museum
In Saga city, Saga international balloon fiesta is held every autumn. During the fiesta, balloons often don’t fly because of wind and rain. However the balloon museum is the very first museum in Japan which can be enjoyed with any weather conditions.
Sicilian Rice is Saga’s original local food. The basic form is warm rice with sautéed meat and fresh vegetable on top with mayonnaise. A café in Saga City originally made it in 1975 and currently about 40 shops offer the dish.
Saga Nori (Dried seaweed)
Seaweed farming is one of the most flourish industry in Saga where faces Ariake Sea. Saga Nori is the best in Japan for both quality and quantity, which has full of nutrients with rich minerals. Also rice cracker with the seaweed and flavored seaweed are popular for souvenirs too.
Saga Nori “Business Card Project” Website
The dialects of Saga Prefecture are classified into Eastern area dialect, Western area dialect Karatsu area dialect and Tashiro area dialect. The dialect spoken in Saga City is generally called Saga-ben and it belongs to Eastern area dialect.
Soiginta (Soigi) … So long, Good bye, See you, then
Ukkangu … to get broken
Chahgatsuka … be embarrassed
Nu … to sleep
Dogashiko, sogashiko … how much, this much
Nankakaru … to lean on something
Why don’t you visit Saga City which is full of must-see places.
Saga City official tourism information site, “Saga Trip Genius”
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