TECH & CULTURE

Japan in Photos – Hakata Gion Yamagasa

By Staff Writer
August 04, 2022
The Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival in Fukuoka prefecture has been held for over 700 years and in 2016 was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Held from July 1st to 15th, men who participate in the festival run through the city streets, carrying a one-ton "decorative mountain" with a height of about 3 m on their shoulders. On the final day, the 15th, seven participating groups will compete for the fastest times. Every year, about 3.5 million tourists crowd into the city to watch the festival. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this will be the first year since 2019 that the festival is being held.
Festical participants carrying the heavy floats
The wooden floats are heavily decorated, often with messages from sponsors
Festival participants in traditional clothes wait to begin
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