The 22nd Japanese Sand & Flower Festa 2009 in Minamisatsuma was held from May 2 to 6 at Fukiage Beach in Kagoshima Prefecture. The festival has a such a beautiful story that relates how the city was determined to activate with efforts of making gigantic sculptures from the sand of Fukiage beach. The inaugural festival was held back in 1987 and the festival continued to be held annually thereupon. This has also become a major tourist attraction of Japan as there were some 150 thousand visitors to the Fukiage beach during previous episode of the festival, held last year.
Yes, there's indeed a lot, to be precise. As this year's festival has been themed after Galileo Galilei and IYA 2009, there's a lot indeed to talk about IYA 2009 happenings of Japan as well.
Seiichi Sakamoto, one of JAXA's (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) bloggers on the Cosmic Diary was invited to deliver a speech as a delegate of the IYA 2009 Japan Committee and JAXA at the event.