Summer vacation has started for most students. In Japan, a lot of fireworks and festivals take place in summer. Some bon dance festivals were held in my area this weekend and also last weekend.
fireworks & summer festivals(Japanese version only):
The Gion Festival(祇園祭) is being held in Kyoto from July 1 to the 31.
about Gion Festival:
|Yamaboko-junkophoto by 京都フリー写真素材|
The festival's highlight is a parade of 33 beautifully decorated floats named Yamaboko-junko or Yamahoko-junko(山鉾巡行).
|Yamaboko-junko, Fune-hoko(船鉾)photo by 京都フリー写真素材|
|It is crowded again this year!|
The parade takes place to ease crowding on July 17 and 24 this year. All of the floats had paraded in a day since 1966. Twenty-three floats paraded on the 17th, and 10 will do on the 24th.
photo by 全３３頁 祇園祭山鉾巡行写真集
The Ofune-boko(大舩鉾) float will return to the parade on the 24th after an almost 150-year absence this year. The float was burned by the Onin War in 1467, a big fire in 1788, and the rebellion at the Hamaguri Gate (蛤御門の変) in 1864. Other yamahoko floats were also damaged by fires and wars to some degree. Taka-yama(鷹山）and Hotei-yama(布袋山) floats can't return to the parade.
|photo by 京都フリー写真素材|
(23 floats on 14-16, 10 floats on 21-23)