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Tobata Gion Yamagasa (戸畑祇園山笠)

Float Festivals including Tobata Gion Yamagasa inscribed on UNESCO 
Intangible Heritage List in 2016.

Tobata Gion Yamagasa is one of the three major summer festivals in Fukuoka 
Prefecture,along with Hakata Gion Yamagasa and Kokura Gion Daiko
  
The festival has a lot of energy and is very dynamic as is the case with  
festivals such as the Hakata Gion Yamagasa,with young men wearing 
the happi (festival costume) and
hachimaki (head band), carrying the 
Yamagasa (festival float) and walking around the town shouting
 “yoitosa yoitosa”. 
 
What is remarkable is the way the character of the Yamagasa changes 
from daytime
,with the Nobori Yamagasa (festival floats with flags); to 
nighttime,with the Chochin Yamagasa ( festival floats with lanterns).

The highlight is the Chochin Yamagasa Contest held in Tobata Ward 
Office on Saturday night. 
The Nobori Yamagasa used during the daytime is dismantled
,and the 
10 metre-high Chochin Yamagasa,with its 309 lanterns arranged in 12 tiers,
is assembled and carried along in a race by dozens of young people crying
 “yoitosa yoitosa”.
 
Event Schedule in 2017
・June 21 (Fri.)
 Shinto ceremonies at each of the following:Tobihata Hachimangu Shrine, 
 Sugawara Shrine and Nakabaru Hachimangu Shrine.
・June 22 (Sat.)
 Yamagasa Contest in the evening in front of Tobata Ward Office
・June 23 (Sun.)
 Yamagasa parade in each town

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