Hakata Gion Yamakasa Exhibition – Lost Memories of Yamakasa

START: Jun 29, 2021 END: Aug 8, 2021

Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a summer tradition in Hakata, and during the Yamakasa period from July 1 to 15, you can see men wearing happi coats.Two types of happi coats are used. One is called the mizu happi, and is worn by those who actually pull the floats. The name is derived from the drenching of water they take to cool them off during their labors. The other is the stylish toban happi, also called the naga happi, with an eye-catching design placed on kurume kasuri. This is proper attire throughout the town from June 1 until the end of the festival. At present, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is run by seven “nagare” (streams): Ebisu, Doi, Daikoku, Higashi, Nakasu, Nishi, and Chiyo, and even within the same stream, some streams wear different happi coats for each town. In this exhibition, valuable materials that convey the history of Hakata and the lives of its people will be displayed, focusing on some of the toban happi with the names of old schools and towns (Oka Nagare, Gofukumachi Nagare, Mangyouji-mae-machi , Kamiakama-machi, Kuramoto-machi) that cannot be seen now.

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• 6/29 (Tue.) ~ 8/8 (Sun.)
• 9:00 ~ 18:00 (admission until: 17:30)
• Admission fee: ¥200
• Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan
6-10 Reisenmachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

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Published: Jul 8, 2021 / Last Updated: Jul 8, 2021

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