The origins of Dontaku can be seen in the Hakata Matsubayashi parade.
The three gods of fortune proceed along the street on horseback accompanied by small children.
As they go, they shout “iitate.” In their wake come groups of local people known as “toorimon.” Fukurokuju,the god of long life, is easily recognized by his long mask.
With him come the god Ebisu and his wife and Daikoku, the god of wealth, who wears a yellow silk shawl on his head and carries a bag.
This procession of the three gods and children has remained unchanged since the middle ages and been designated by the prefecture as an intangible cultural property.