Spring festival in Takayama starts
NHK -- Apr 15
The Takayama Spring Festival in central Japan kicked off on Monday with its traditional float parade.

The festival dates back about 300 years, and is held every spring in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture.

The 12 floats are adorned with golden ornaments and elaborately carved wooden sculptures.

On the first day, people from the community pull the wheeled floats through the ancient highland city. They are displayed in the city center. The floats are designated by the government as important tangible assets of folkloric tradition.

News source: NHK
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