Events:

cherry blossom forecast(Japanese version only) :

https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/


Jan 12-21 Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2018, Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Traditional festivals and foods from all over Japan

http://furusatomatsuritokyo.com/


Christmas lights :

http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/illumination/


https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/illumi/rank.html (Japanese version only)

http://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/illumination/ (Japanese version only)


snow and ice festivals (Japanese version only)

https://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/illumination/list.aspx?FestFlg=1&p=1

http://www.walkerplus.com/search/snowfestival/

http://www.rurubu.com/event/list.aspx?genre=10




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):
http://hanabi.yahoo.co.jp/
http://www.rurubu.com/season/summer/hanabi/


The Gion Festival(祇園祭) is being held in Kyoto from July 1 to the 31.

about Gion Festival:
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/07/end-of-rainy-season-and-gion-festival.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/07/gion-festival1.html
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/07/gion-festival2.html


 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.


 Ofune-boko
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)