Gion Matsuri

by / on June 25, 2012 at 7:12 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hachiman-yama (八幡山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Hachiman-yama (八幡山) float has a long history dating back to before the Onin wars (1467-1477), and has a deity that come and settle down on it during Yoi-yama (the eve of the Gion festival) and on the Gion festival parade day. These deities are usually enshrined at the Hachiman shrine in the neighborhood. The beautiful shrine on the Hachiman-yama (八幡山) […]

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by / on June 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Ayagasa-Hoko (綾傘鉾) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Ayagasa-Hoko (綾傘鉾) is one of the parasol-type floats that are regarded as a prototype of the Gion festival floats. The Ayagasa-Hoko (綾傘鉾) features a large parasol, and is accompanied by divine messenger boys known as “Chigo”, and a troupe of magicians and stick-twirlers during the parade. The members who accompany the Ayagasa-Hoko (綾傘鉾) float during the parade wear “red-bear” masks with long […]

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by / on June 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Fune-hoko (船鉾) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Fune-hoko (船鉾) float is based on a famous story about the legendary Empress Jingu of ancient Japan. After the death of her husband, and while pregnant with a child, Empress Jingu armed herself and headed for war aboard a ship. The Fune-hoko (船鉾) float as a whole is shaped like a boat and is enclosed with a vermillion parapet. On the […]

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by / on June 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

En-no-Gyoja-Yama (役行者山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The En-no-Gyoja-Yama (役行者山) float has existed since the times before the Onin Wars (1467-1477) and is carried on the shoulders of people during the Gion festival parade. The sacred doll of the En-no-Gyoja-Yama (役行者山) float represents En-no-Ozunu, commonly known as En-no-Gyoja, who founded Shugen-do (aesthetic Shinto-Buddhism practiced in the mountains) in Japan, at the end of the 7th century. Those who practiced […]

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by / on June 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Matsuri-Festival

Yasaka jinja during Gion Matsuri!

Yasaka jinja during Gion Matsuri!, a set on Flickr. The deities of Yasaka Shrine are displayed here in the Yasaka shrine. On the 10th the Mikoshi Arai takes place (mikoshi purification): During the festival, the deities of Yasaka Shrine reside in a temporary shrine called the Otabisho. Before moving the deities on the mikoshi portable shrines, the mikoshi are purified […]

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