Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of Japan's most famous festivals, said to be over a thousand years old. It lasts all through July, but the festival climaxes on the 17th with the grand parade. The three nights leading up to this parade are known as yoiyama, which are pre-parades. We went to the Gion Matsuri yoiyama on the 16th, which was the hottest day of the year so far.
|Shijo-Karasuma, Kyoto, on night of Gion Matsuri Yoiyama|
|Traditional musicians playing on naginata-boko|
|Rocking the jinbei.|
|Girls in yukata|
|Food stalls (shaved ice in the front)|