July 1, 2017

Japanese Fan of the Gion Matsuri

Teramachi-dōri Aneyakōji-agaru, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
龍昇堂(京都市中京区寺町通姉小路上る)

Gion Matsuri (祇園祭), the festival of Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社), is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the grand procession of floats (山鉾巡行, Yamaboko JunkŌ) on July 17 is particularly spectacular. Very enjoyable, are also the festive evenings preceding the procession (宵山, yoiyama). From 2014, a second procession of floats was reintroduced on July 24 after a hiatus of 48 years. The second procession features fewer and smaller floats than the one on July 17.

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