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Kawagoe festival keeps style and art of Edo period "Tenka Festival" which was precious city festival for more than 360 years and develop them with addition of specific Kawagoe features. The greatest feature of Kawagoe festival is a parade of floats "Dashi" that is impossible in Tokyo. Elaborate dolls on splendid Dashi ride through the streets with rows of warehouse style buildings which is the symbol of Koedo Kawagoe. Many Dashi floats pass each other and the size and scale of this action is overwhelming for sightseers.
The largest good point of Kawagoe Festival is called as "Hikkamawase". Facing to each other several Dashis compete accompanying by musical bands (flute, drums, gong, dance), while festival visitors brandish lanterns high with cheer. Night "Hikkamasase" especially represents the peak of the event.
This is Nationally-designated Important intangible cultural property.
Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan are registered by the UNESCO as one of Intangible cultural heritage.