Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival 2021 Information - Kazariyama Guide [Various locations across Fukuoka City]2021.07.12
Placing main focus on 12 elaborated kazariyama (decorative floats)
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival 2021
Due to the pandemic, many of the festival’s events including the kakiyama racing floats have been postponed to 2022. However, the display of 12 kazariyama will take place around Fukuoka City.
・Locations: 12 places around the City
・Dates: 1st – 15th (wee hours) July 2021
※Following kakiyama racing floats, other related events including the oshioitori ritual and nagaregaki have been postponed as well.
※The annual Great Summer Festival of Kushida Shrine will be held at 3:00 am on 15 July (Thursday).
Fukuoka City Guide Yoka Navi sincerely wishes people will come back to a normal life very soon with the end of the pandemic and the next year will finally see Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in action. (Details)
Displayed kazariyama in 2021
Colourful decorative floats, known as kazariyama, are displayed at 12 locations around the city for public viewing this year, leading the festival as a main focus.
Compared to kakiyamakasa, a float for racing, offering a “dynamic” dimension to the festival, kazariyama is a “static” event which people are overwhelmed by its stunning decoration made by Hakata Doll artisans.
Each kazariyama has a front and a back end, featuring historical figures or subjects for the front, and popular cartoon characters or those reflecting the much-talked-about news for the back.
Take a time to read and appreciate the stories woven in the beautiful floats.
●Float No. 4 Higashi Nagare
・Frond and back：華満開泰平祈願（Hana Mankai Taihei Kigan）
●Float No. 8 Kamikawabata-dori
・Front：阿吽金剛力士像（Aun Kongo Rikishi-zo）
・Back：風雷あかちょこべ之縁起（Furai Akachokobe no Engi）
●Float No. 9 Shintencho
・Front：武勇一筋憐愍涙（Buyu Hitosuji Renbin no Namida）
●Float No. 10 Hakata Riverain
・Front：婆娑羅大名道誉（Basara Daimyo Doyo）
・Back：博多祝之七福神（Hakata Iwai no Shichifukujin）
●Float No. 11 Tenjin 1-chome
・Front表：羅生門鬼退治勇（Rashomon Oni Taiji no Isaoshi）
・Back：奇襲桶狭間の戦（Kishu Okehazama no Tatakai）
●Float No. 12 Watanabe-dori 1-chome
・Front：山崎の合戦（Yamasaki no Kassen）
・Back：愛と勇気のアンパンマン（Ai to Yuki no Anpanman）
●Float No. 13 Fukuoka PayPay Dome
・Front：快進撃 鷹く（Kaishingeki Takaku）
・Back：雄姿剣洗川（Yushi Ken wo Arau Kawa）
●Float No. 14 Hakataeki Shoten Rengokai
・Front：国師泰平を祈願（Kokushi Taihei wo Kigan）
・Back：ももち浜ストア『うどんMAP』（Momochihama Store Udon Map）
●Float No. 15 Canal City Hakata
・Front：源平合戦碇知盛（Genpei Kassen Ikari Tomomori）
・Back：牛若丸鞍馬修行（Ushiwakamaru Kurama Shugyo）
●Float No. 16 Kawabata Chuo-gai
・Front：時今本能寺（Toki ha Ima Honnoji）
・Back：KBCふるさとWish（KBC Furusato Wish）
●Float No. 17 Solaria
・Front：猛将才蔵去退病（Mousho Saizo Yamai womo Shirizokeru）
・Back：筑紫遷都誉（Tsukushi no Sento Homare）
●Extra Kushida Shirine
・Front：神武東征肇国誉（Jinmu Tousei Keikoku no Homare）
・Back：神話 稻羽之素菟（Shinwa Inaba no Shirousagi）
※Kazariyama of the Nakasu and Chiyo floats are not set up this year.
☞ Detailed information of kazariyama 2021 (Official web site of the Festival Committee, Japanese only)
☞ Frequently update on below social media (Japanese only)
・Instagram（English and Japanese）
Kazariyama Map 2021
Make sure the 12 locations to plan your visit.
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in Video
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival 2021 Short Ver. (by the Committee for Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival）
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival 2021 Full Ver. (by the Committee for Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival）
・Our Thoughts on Yamakasa 2021 (by the Committee for Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival）
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival News Bulletin 2021（by the Committee for Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival）
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa documentary [Yamakasa Moving Moutains] Part 2 (2021, Accent Studio) (English)
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa documentary [Yamakasa, Moving Moutains] Part 1 (2021, Accent Studio) (English)
・Hakata Yamakasa Float Tour 2021 / Guest :Hiromine Nakamura, artist (2021, Fukuoka Now) (English)
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival VR（Fukuoka Channel, Fukuoka City）
・The climax “Oiyama”（by Fukuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2020）
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival 1mins version（2013, Fukuoka Channel, Fukuoka City）
It is hardly to see this kind! Check out this year’s poster as well
With kakiyamakasa races postponed, 12 kazariyama is the main feature of this year’s festival, and so is the poster as main visual.
— 福岡観光コンベンションビューロー (@welcomefukuoka) June 3, 2021
Related web sites
・Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival Official Web Site (the Committee for Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival)