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Yamagasa  (Qjmp: 7069)

Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival
Nationally famous and very dynamic festival in June.

Hundreds of semi naked men racing large heavy wooden shrines over a set course in the early morning.

The Hakata Gion Yamagasa festival originated from Gion Goryoe which began in the Heian era (794-900). According to the legend of the shrine, it is said that the beginning of this event was when the Most Reverend priest Shoichi Kaizan of the Shoten temple went around the town of Hakata on a Buddhist ritual palanquin in the Kamakura era in order to drive away an epidemic.

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First published Mon Apr 02, 2001
    Updated Tue Aug 23, 2005

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