the-mikoshi-and-the-carriers
July

Gion Matsuri (Shinko-sai)

Mikoshi-arai (mikoshi portable shrine purification) was held on July 10th. You can see the purified mikoshi again at Shinko-sai festival held on the 17th. Shinko-sai is an annual event known as a very energetic festival […]

people-playing-Gion-bayashi-on-Naginata-hoko
July

Gion Matsuri (Yoiyama)

One of the highlights of Gion Matsuri is Yoiyama on July 16th. In downtown Kyoto (around Shijo-Karasuma and its neighborhood) two types of festival floats called “yama” and “hoko” have previously been built on many […]

children in feminine poses
July

Gion Matsuri (Mikoshi-arai)

Gion Matsuri, one of three great festivals in Japan, takes place in Kyoto annually from July 1st to 31st. Various events are held during the festival, and the highlights are Yoiyama on the 16th (in […]