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Tokyobling's Blog Yoshiwara Gion Festival Beauties

Tokyobling's Blog Yoshiwara Gion Festival Beauties

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

The true luminaries of the Gion Festival are the panoply of deities that the festival is dedicated to: Yasaka Shrine’s three deities, the “Ox-Headed Emperor” (Gozu Tennō), and the additional deities respectively enshrined by each float neighborhood. However, deities are generally invisible, and most of our worldly attention is captured by the eye-catching festival … http://gionfestival.org

The true luminaries of the Gion Festival are the panoply of deities that the festival is dedicated to: Yasaka Shrine’s three deities, the “Ox-Headed Emperor” (Gozu Tennō), and the additional deities respectively enshrined by each float neighborhood. However, deities are generally invisible, and most of our worldly attention is captured by the eye-catching festival … http://gionfestival.org

"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

Rapidly changing times notwithstanding, in an 1100+-year event like the Gion Festival, transformation can be radical. This year marks the restoration of the Gion Festival’s annual 17 July procession to two parts, on the 17th and 24th. Why do we care about dates and parts? Well, on the surface of things, there’s a tremendous amount  http://gionfestival.org/

Rapidly changing times notwithstanding, in an 1100+-year event like the Gion Festival, transformation can be radical. This year marks the restoration of the Gion Festival’s annual 17 July procession to two parts, on the 17th and 24th. Why do we care about dates and parts? Well, on the surface of things, there’s a tremendous amount http://gionfestival.org/

Gion is Japan's best festival - http://www.gionfestival.org/

Gion is Japan's best festival - http://www.gionfestival.org/

Gion Matsuri ··· photo by Matsuritimes

Gion Matsuri ··· photo by Matsuritimes

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

Welcome to the first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto’s extraordinary Gion Festival, arguably Japan’s largest and most famous. It’s also among the oldest: it first took place in the year 869 C.E. - http://gionfestival.org/

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