The committee for Hakata Gion Yamakasa decided to create a single decorative float to continue the tradition of the summer festival. With themes of a samurai and a folklore-hero boy conquering their antagonists, the giant float represents the prayers for the end of the new coronavirus pandemic. Shinkyo Nakamura, a Hakata-doll artisan who created the float, wishes people feel inspired for the summer upon seeing the float. The festival of Hakata Gion Yamakasa was canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however. The Shinto ritual to ward off diseases (Gion Taisai) will take place on July 15. Source: Sankei
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