Tuesday, July 16, 2013

祇園祭 Gion Matsuri @ Yasaka Shrine

祇園祭(Gion Matsuri) is a famous festival of Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto.
The things which remind of summer of Kyoto.

It is one of the Kyoto 3 major festivals (others are the Aoi Festival of the Kamigamo shrine and Shimogamo Jinja, and Jidai Festival of Heian Jingu).
Furthermore, it is counted by one of the three Japanese major festivals along with Tenjin Festival of Osaka, and Sanno Festival (or Kanda Festival) of Tokyo.

It is a long festival performed over one month from July 1.
If you stay in Kyoto in July, you are so lucky.

Kannushi is there.

Many people.




It grows dark gradually.

The procession goes silently.

From the shrine.

The long long procession.

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