Festivals of Japan

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

TOBATA GION OYAMAGASA - Fukuoka

A peculiar festival in Japan that changes its appearance during the day and night.
During the day, the yamakasa floats are in their original form called nobori yamagasa, and decorated with beautify gold and silver embroidery. At night, the ornaments are removed and the floats are transformed into 12-tier pyramids covered in 309 chochin lanterns. The chochin oyamagasa pyramids are about 10 m high, weigh 2.5 tons, and are courageously carried by around 80 people each keeping in step with the beat of the gongs and taiko drums of the hayashi musical accompaniment.
The Tobata Gion Oyamagasa Competition is held in the middle of the day, with four oyamagasa and four smaller kowakayamagasa carried by junior high school students gather together in a scene that captures the hearts of onlookers.
It was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in December this year.

Date Every year it is held over three days that include the fourth Saturday of July.
Time Tobata Gion Oyamagasa Competition 18:30-21:00 The fourth Saturday
Other times vary in each district
Official site http://tobatagion.jp/pdf/english_tobatagion.pdf
Location (venue) Throughout the Tobata-ku in Kitakyushi City
Address 1-1-1 Senbo, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Price Essentially free admission
Grandstand reserved seating: 4,000 yen, Non-reserved seating: 3,500 yen
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Region Kyushu
Category Bravery, Processions and parades

Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.

update: Mar.6.2017

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