• Kyodo


A special “yamagasa” float will be built and put on display here for the meeting of top finance officials from the Group of Seven nations in July, organizers said.

The 12-meter-high float will have 10 figures supported on decorated wooden frames and will be put on display at the Fukuoka City Museum.

The G7 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors will take place in Fukuoka on July 8 ahead of the Group of Eight summit in Okinawa.

The float will reflect the history of Fukuoka Prefecture through kabuki scenes and by displaying figures representing Lord Sugawara Michizane and other people from the Heian Period, when Kyushu was Japan’s window to the world.

According to the organizers, assembly of the float began Wednesday and will take three or four days to finish. Each figure be individually attached to the frame.

The Hakata Gion Yamagasa festival is held in the center of the city of Fukuoka every year between July 1 and 15.