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Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival (博多祇園山笠）
One of the most exciting summer festival in Japan
takes place from July 1 to 15 and is held at Kushida-jinja Shrine in Hakata. There are two kinds of festival floats called Yamagasa.
One is Kazari-yamagasa with 15 meters high, a gorgeously decorated
festival float which is decked with elaborate dolls and castles. The other is Kakiyamakasa with 6 meters high, a simply
decorated festival float which is made for carrying on the
shoulders and used in the Oiyama race.
The festival features the exciting race called Oiyama climaxing on July 15.
Teams of men clad in short happi-coats and loincloths dash down the city street
at full speed carrying their own one-ton Kakiyamakasa on their shoulders