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Photo Journal: World heritage-to-be


Floats from spring and autumn Takayama Festival are seen together in this photo taken in the Gifu Prefecture city of Takayama on April 30, 2016. A local association working on the preservation of the festival, which is four centuries old, and other organizations announced that a total of 23 floats from the spring and autumn festival will appear in a rare joint performance on April 29 and 30 next year if they are added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Gifu event was among 33 traditional festivals in Japan that a UNESCO preliminary panel recommended be added to the list. The recommended events are likely to make the listing following reviews starting on Nov. 28 in Ethiopia. (Mainichi)

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