Jul/24 - 26, 2020 Tobata Gion Oyamagasa (canceled)3.9
from 7/24 '20 to 7/26 '20
※Due to the coronavirus concerns, Tobata Gion O-Yamagasa has been canceled in 2020. Only the ritual will be held by priests. Please check the official website.
Tobata Gion O-Yamagasa is a local festival which takes place in Tobata, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture.The festival is held for three days before and after the 4th Saturday of July, and known as one of the three greatest summer festivals in Fukuoka Prefecture. In addition, Tobata Gion O-Yamagasa is a national cultural asset of Japan.
The Yamagasa(Yamakasa) are very large floats, and differ during the day and night.
During the day, they are magnificent “nobori yamagasa, ”floats featuring red and white banners and embroidered decorations; at night, they turn into “chochin yamakasa,” 10m tall 2.5 ton floats carrying 12 levels of lanterns, 309 in all, making them look like pyramids of light.
On the first day of the festival, there are Shinto ceremonies at Tobihata Hachimangu Shrine, Sugawara Shrine, and Nakabaru Hachimangu Shrine.
On the second day, Oshioi-kumi ceremony is held at Dokai Bay and Yamagasa floats are purified.
The climax of the festival is the “Tobata Gion Oyamagasa Competition,” held on the second day with four Oyamagasa and four smaller Kowaka-yamagasa carried by junior high school students gather together in a scene that captures the hearts of onlookers.
You will not want to miss the spectacle of 8 floats coming together and changing from their daytime to nighttime appearance!
On the last day, four Nobori Yamakasa floats are draped with beautiful gold and silver embroidered cloth and paraded through the streets in their magnificence. At night, however, these decorations are taken down and replaced with 309 paper lanterns covering the 12-tiered floats, transforming them into pyramids of light! Each of the 10 meter (about 33 feet) tall, 2.5 ton latern floats are shouldered by about 60 men who shout “Yoitosa, yoitosa!” to the rhythm of gongs and drums!
Venue: Aso Park
Address: Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Access: 10 mins from JR Tobata Station
*Please check the official website for the latest informaiton.
PurposeFestivals,parade,Traditional folk,shrine/temple,major,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Tobata Sta. (about 700m) Google Transit
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