Project Description

Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a Japanese festival celebrated from 1-15 July in Hakata, Fukuoka. Famous for its one ton float-racing, it has a seven hundred and fifty year history, attracts up to a million spectators. The carried floats are borne by the men from the 10th and the festival culminates in excitement on the 15th. This festival is a contest in which men compete on the time taken to race along a 5 km course, over more or less 30 minutes although speed is important.