The description in the local foreign language publication sounded interesting, so Mutsumi and I wandered off to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine last night for the Festival of a Thousand Candles. The nearly empty trains were a clue that others knew something we didn't.
This turned out to be little more than Dazaifu's summer festival. There was little to see beyond the locals dancing, eating, and drinking. The advertised attraction consisted of three strings of candles hung on both sides of the path leading into the shrine, a pretty site but hardly impressive enough to justify the trip.
The relative absence of human beings, though, actually made for a pleasant evening out.