Hakata Gion Yamakasa

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa
Hakata gion yamakasa 2005 01.jpg
Observed by Hakata, Fukuoka
Type Religious
Begins 1 July
Ends 15 July
Date Month of July
Related to Fukagawa Matsuri, Sannō Matsuri

Hakata Gion Yamakasa (博多祇園山笠?) is a Japanese festival celebrated from 1-15 July in Hakata, Fukuoka. Its rites centre on Kushida Jinja. Famous for its one ton float-racing, it has a seven hundred and fifty year history, attracts up to a million spectators, and in 1979 was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.[1][2][3] The sound of the Kaki Yamakasa has been selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.[4][5]

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(Japanese) Hakata Gion Yamakasa homepage