When: Mid November Dates: 11 November 2016 - 13 November 2016 City: Hita Website: Hitamon website (Japanese), Oita Events (English) Description: Around 30,000 lanterns are lit along the Mamedamachi and Kagetsu river areas. The Mamedamachi district hosts various events and concerts during this period. Sen Nen Akari Loosely translated to 'a thousand years of lights', this is Hita’s lantern festival. Thousands of bamboo candles are lit around the Mameda area and adjoining river. There are many beautiful displays that you can walk around and enjoy, as well as street stands with your usual festival foods. This lasts for 2 or 3 nights.