The traditional fall festival of Fukuoka, Hojoya, announced its cancellation for 2020. The September festival is considered one of ‘Hakata’s three grand festivals,’ and attracts more than a million visitors to Hakozaki Shrine annually. Reflecting on the lingering risks of the novel coronavirus, the shrine decided to cancel the crowd-gathering event for the first time since World War II. The Shinto rituals related to Hojoya will be conducted amongst the shrine priests and other limited supporters. Sources: Mainichi / TNC
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