This is not a statue, it's a float that was
carried by men.
In July, Hakata District is home to the Gion Yamakasa
Festival. Here's what Monica says about it:
Each of the seven districts in Fukuoka build elaborate
floats. Some of these are racing floats (which weigh a
ton); some are giant towering display floats featuring elaborate
dolls and figures (like this one.) The floats are carried
(and raced) by teams of men.
Building the floats is a complex process, involving
artists, carpenters, and strong builders. Then there are
blessing rituals, practice runs, racing strategy sessions,
The racing course is 5 km long -- with twists and turns, so the
racers have to run in rhythm (short strides) and know when to
stand still or run faster when making turns.
The decorative floats, like this one, are set up around town.