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Hakata Gion Yamakasa 2020 is postponed! Introducing previous years' Photo Reports to wish for an end for the pandemic♪

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Keep your hopes up for the better to come next year!

2020 Kushida Jinja KazariyamakasaAlthough Hakata Gion Yamakasa 2020 has been postponed to next year, Kushida Shrine is displaying Kazariyamakasa (decorative floats) since 1st July in order to keep the tradition that has lasted over 770 years.
"Hakata Gion Yamakasa" is a traditional festive event which has been carried out for more than 770 years, and is held from 1st to 15th July every year in Fukuoka, Japan. However, this year, it was announced that the event will be postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Although it had been suspended for few years in the past due to wars, this is the first time after the war. Usually, during the festival, many gorgeous Kazariyamakasa (decorative floats) will be decorated around many places in Fukuoka City, and there will be 7 types of Kakiyamakasa carried through the streets by strong Kakite (people who carry the floats) who can be seen wearing happi coats. Unfortunately, it seems like we need to keep the long wait until next year. While there are various theories about its origin, it is said that "Hakata Gion Yamakasa" started as a prayer for health by warding off plagues. Hence, what we can do now is to pray for an end for the pandemic, and hope for the day when we can say "Yamakasa ga aruken Hakata tai (lit.: Yamakasa makes Hakata!)!" to come!
Kawabata Shotengai
Kawabata Shotengai
Kawabata Shotengai
Kawabata Shotengai
Banners with images of Kakite that advise people about hand washing and other COVID-19 precautions can be seen in the Kawabata Shotengai.
Also, you may review the amazing photos posted by asianbeat in the previous years in the "Hakata Gion Yamakasa Kazariyama / Kakiyama Photo Report"! (Editorial Dept: Non)

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* This article is available in Japanese.
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