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Karatsu (唐津市 Karatsu-shi) is a port city located in the western part of Saga Prefecture, Kyushu Island, Japan. It is the city where most of the events in the anime Zombie Land Saga are centered.

Description

In real life

Under ritsuryō, the current area of ​​the city was part of Hizen province. In 1591, on the coast of the northern part of the city (formerly the city of Chinzei), Nagoya Castle was built. The following year, it became the place from which Toyotomi Hideyoshi launched the Imjin War. In mid-1593, Terazawa Hirotaka created the Karatsu Domain and began ruling it. In 1602, replacing Nagoya Castle, Karatsu Castle was built in what is now the heart of Karatsu. The tower of Karatsu Castle was built in 1966.

In 1889 the modern municipal system was established. The current region of the city is occupied by 1 city (Karatsu) and 19 villages (Hamasaki, Irino, Kagami, Karatsu, Kirigo, Kitahata, Kuri, Kyūragi, Minato, Mitsushima, Nagoya, Nanayama, Ōchi, Ōmura, Onizuka, Sashi, Uchiage and Yobuko).

Karatsu is famous for its Karatsu Kunchi festival, which is held annually from November 2 to 4 and is visited by approximately 500,000 visitors from all over Japan. The festival consists of 14 hikiyama (floats made of many layers of papier-mâché) that are carried through the narrow streets of the city to the sound of shouts of "Enya!" Some hikiyama members say "Yoisa!" This accompaniment is one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. Regularly during Karatsu Kunchi, the people of this city open their houses to friends and strangers to eat and drink; the main focus is enjoying food, beer and shochu, and having a lively conversation.

Between Karatsu station and the main bus center there is a 170 meter gallery containing many small shops that specialize in Karatsu Kunchi omiyage, and local Korean-influenced pottery called "Karatsu pottery" since they refer to pottery. Japanese of Korean origin. The actual production date of the "Karatsu Yaki" is believed to have started to occur sometime "during the first half of the 16th century at the end of the Muromachi period."

In the series

The city of Karatsu is the event of most episodes of the anime as it is the home of the Franchouchou group and the headquarters city of the Saga Sagako Busters, during the events of episode 11 of the second season, the city suffers from massive floods caused by the curse and forces its inhabitants into makeshift shelters while the infrastructure is rebuilt.

Places seen in the anime

Gallery

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