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This year is finally here… Hakata Gion Yamakasa will be held in 2023!

It is approaching again this year! A summer tradition『Hakata Gion Yamakasa』、commonly known as『Yamakasa』。   Yamakasa is one of the three major festivals in Fukuoka with a tradition of over 760 years, and is registered as a national Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property and even a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage!   There are various theories about the origin of Yamakasa, but the most popular theory dates back to the Kamakura Era (1185-1333).   It is said that the origin of Yamakasa…[MORE]

【EVENT】2023 Hakata Dontaku Port Festival Report👘

Report on 『Hakata Dontaku Port Festival』 held normally for the first time in four years✨   Since the spread of the new coronavirus, the event was suspended until 2021『Dontaku』。 Last year, in 2022, the event was held for the first time in three years on a reduced scale.   And! This year, 2023, the festival was held in the style before the Corona Disaster, with no restrictions on the number of spectators and no restrictions on the number of visitors!👏…[MORE]

【EVENT】Held Normally for the first time in 4 years! Hakata Dontaku Port Festival

For the first time in four years, the “Hakata Dontaku Port Festival” will be held without restrictions!   Since the spread of the Covid-19, the 『Dontaku』 , as it is commonly known, had been canceled until 2021. Last year, in 2022, the event was held for the first time in three years on a reduced scale.   And this year, for the first time in four years, the festival will be held in the pre-Corona Disaster style, with no restrictions…[MORE]

Grand Setsubun Festival [Kushida Shrine]

The Japan’s biggest “Otafuku mask”   The Setsubun Festival at Kushida Shrine (a 5-minute walk from WeBase Hakata) attracts many worshippers every year. The Japan’s biggest (5 meters in height) “Otafuku (smiling woman) mask” is set up at the shrine’s three entrances of Romon, Hokujinmon, and Nanjinmon gate from January15 to February 11 (Tue/hol). This Otafuku mask can be seen only at this time of the year. It is also a power spot where it is said that passing through…[MORE]

【Event】Report on Hakata Gion Yamakasa in 2022

Report on the 2022 Hakata Gion Yamakasa! The city of Hakata was excited to have the “Oi-yama” for the first time in three years.☀   On July 1, the Yamakasa festival begins with the unveiling of the Kazari-yama! Each one has its own character.♪   The long-awaited appearance of Kaki-yama! Our hostel is located within the area of the “Doi-nagare team”. To get the people carrying the Kaki-yama fired up and at the same time to cool down the heat,…[MORE]

【Event】2022 Hakata Dontaku Harbor Festival Report

2022 Hakata Matsubayashi and the first Hakata Dontaku Harbor Festival in three years!   The day of the festival was a beautiful sunny day for a festival ☀   And here is the Hakata Matsubayashi. The one in the center wearing a kimono is the general manager, and to his right is our staff who participate in the Daikoku Nagare team every year!   A quick snap with a staff member who is observing the Matsubayashi after working the night…[MORE]