This is the biggest international hot air balloon event in Japan, which is held at the Kase River bank (“Kasegawa”) of Saga City at the beginning of November 2009. Competitions are held in the early morning and the evening when air currents are stable. In the afternoon non-competing balloons in funny shapes appear in the sky for enjoyment and they offer further excitement to the Fiesta.
Magnificent scenes in which more than 100 balloons float up into the sky altogether can only be enjoyed in Saga. At "La Montgolfie Nocturne", a nighttime captive balloon display program, hot air balloons are illuminated by their burner flames and create fantastic scenes.
… to be continued