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Hikiyama Float Exhibition Hall

Karatsu, Japan

The floats housed in this hall are more than 100 years old, and are brought out for an annual celebration. 

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This small museum and exhibition hall contains 14 large parade floats which are brought out once a year for a festival and parade through the town.

The festive floats are several meters high and weigh many tons. These fanciful enameled figures of demons and animals date from the 1800s, and they are carried through the streets of the city by groups of men accompanied by flutes and drums during the annual celebration.

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