Dontaku, derived from the Dutch word Zondag (holiday), is one of the largest festivals in Japan, attracting two million spectators (pre-pandemic.) This year the event will be held on a reduced scale. On May 3 & 4, the event begins with the Hakata Matsubayashi procession, which has celebrated the new year for the last 840 years. Daytime performances on 16 stages follow that, and, in the evening, illuminated “Flower Cars” (decorated vehicles) roll through the streets. For more information, check out our Hakata Dontaku 2022 Guide!
Photo provided by the City of Fukuoka