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The Karatsu Kunchi Festival held at Karatsu Shrine is an Autumn celebration in the city of Karatsu. The festival features daily parades of fourteen hikiyama, or massive floats, designed as samurai helmets, dragons, sea creatures, and other magical beasts from Japanese Mythology. These gigantic floats are created with wood, lacquer, and other materials before being finished with gold and silver leaf. While the floats are normally displayed year round at the Karatsu Shrine, the 14 floats come alive when they take the streets while being carried by members selected from families living in the fourteen traditional neighborhoods of Karatsu. When carrying these massive floats, many chant
Yoi-sa to the sound of taiko drums and flutes to get in the festive spirit. The event draws in anywhere from 150,000 to 500,000 people, and has been labled an
Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the Japanese Government. The list of floats in the parade include:
You can join in the fun of the Karatsu Kunchi Festival during our special Karatsu Kunchi Festival Southern Japan Tour package to see all the floats for an unforgettable vacation!
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