Celebrate Gion Matsuri The Mardi Gras of Japan

Celebrate Gion Matsuri! The Mardi Gras of Japan

Gion Matsuri celebrated in July is one of the most popular festivals in Japan attracting millions of tourist to Kyoto. This religious festival dates back to the 9th century when locals appeased the gods during times of illness. Participants attend a grand parade of floats called Yamaboko Junko, and the two types of floats used in the Gion Matsuri are called “Yama and Hoko” (collectively called Yamaboko, or Yamahoko). Both Yama and Hoko are considered “art in motion”. 

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