Gion Matsuri Festival 

Kyoto has a big festival in July.

It is the Gion Matsuri which is one of three biggest festivals in Japan. 

There are many kind of Shinto rituals and it’s events run all through June.

You can see Yamahoko (festival floats mounted with decorative halberds) all over in the city of Kyoto.

And you will hear Ohayashi (Japanese orchestra) music. 

The highlight of the festival is the parade of 23 Yamahoko on the 17th. (It is called Yamahoko-junko)

And on the 24th, 10 Yamahoko move around downtown Kyoto again.

Though I didn’t know this, the double Yamahoko-junko was restarted in 2014 after 49 years. 

 Many people visit this festival.

Yamahoko are beautiful!


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