Hoko and Yatai Float Festivals in Gifu

15yamahoko_picture_p15_2The Yatai floats of the Takayama Festival, the Okoshi-daiko (wakening drum) of the Furukawa Festival and the Yama floats of the Ogaki Festival are gorgeous works of local culture and craftsmanship, and are on the representative list for UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.These traditions have been safeguarded and passed down for centuries, and are the seasonal splendors of the regions.