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July 23, 2014

Gion Festival! 祇園祭

Hello! Stacy [the helper] here!

For the entire month of July, we are very lucky to be in Kyoto to experience one of the biggest festivals in all of Japan – Gion Festival! The big days of the festival are evenings leading up to July 17th. The whole downtown area is closed from traffic to let people walk around to look at the floats, eat from food stalls and enjoy the summer.

Some of the staff here at Gojo decided to wear our yukata and join everyone having fun!!

Stacy, Ang and Anescha

We were out during yoiyama (宵山) on July 16. There is plenty to do even near the end of the month! Check out what is coming up!

July 24: Parade of yamaboko floats(Latter parade)
July 24: Parade of hanagasa or “flower parasols”
July 24: Parade of mikoshi from the city to Yasaka Shrine
July 28: Mikoshi arai, cleansing of mikoshi by sacred water from the Kamo river
July 31: Closing service at Eki Shrine

of course, I needed to eat a crepe. YUM!

The Floats are called Yamaboko – very beautiful and impressive! Check out the lanterns lighting up at night!We had a lot of fun and ate a lot of food. (obviously)