Enthronement procession will be postponed to November 10 due to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis. As of Octber 21, the typhoon has left 81 dead, 11 missing, and over 52,400 houses flooded. It triggered 432 landslides in 20 prefectures. The banks were broken in 135 places of 71 rivers.

Fall color is at peak in the Taisetsu Mountain Range, Hokkaido.

(September 11, 2019)

fall foliage forecast for 2019 (Japanese version only):

fireworks festivals will also be held in October and November!

fireworks displays (Japanese version only):

seasonal flowers:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gion Festival in 2014

Sorry for the late update. It's been a long time.

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
The floats are lit up with paper lanterns in the evening.
(23 floats on 14-16, 10 floats on 21-23)