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・Kushida Jinja (Shrine)
Kamikawabata, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
・Every 1 - 15 July
There is two different features in this festival Tranquilityand Vividness.
Sueyama floats are built only for display and Oiyama floats are shouldered by men and run around in the city.
On the 1st day, Shinto ritual is carried out to welcome the got to the floats, and on 9th, people pray for safety, then on 15th, the festival holds climax events Oiyamagasa (shoulder the portable shrines and run through the city).
Sueyama (display floats) are 10m high on average. Front side face to Kushida Jinja is called "Omote" and backside is called "Miokuri".
Each area ask doll making masters to create the buautiful dolls and ornaments on the floats. Basically, Samurai for "Omote" and characters of fairy tails and cartoons for "Miokuri".
Oiyama floats are also decorated with beautiful dolls.
28 vigorous men carry the floas (weight:1t) and running around the shrine 1 time and then, rush into the city toward the goal (5km ahead).
This is one of three Gion Festival in Japan (the others are Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Gion Matsuri in Kumano Jinja in Aizutajima, Fukushima pref.).
It is nationally designated as Intangible folk cultural assets.
The festival is said started in 1241 to avoid disasters.
Oiyamagasa starts at 4:59 in the morning is the climax of the festival.
At the stage of the shrine and many people watching, men carry the float with cheering voices is so powerful, energetic, thrilling, and exciting.
Beautiful dolls and decorations, skills of doll making masters is also tasteful features of the festival. There are many things to see.
Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc.
From "Gion Sta." of subway, 5min. by walk.