Gion Matsuri Festival in Kyoto

The Gion Festival is an annual event dedicated to the deity of Yasaka Shrine. Many traditional rituals and events are held during the one-month-long festival from July 1st to the end of the month. The festival’s history dates back to 869. One of the higlights of the festival is Yamaboko Procession. Yamaboko are elaborate fioats. During the procession, Tsujimawashi, float turning, are occured. The floats do not have a rudder, so split bamboo are placed under the wheels and water applied to the wheels to make them slide easier while the floats are pulled from the side. The timing of the Gion Bayashi music played by musicians, beats counted by leaders and pullers’ power is extremely important to move the floats.

 

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