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Gion Matsuri Festival


UpdateMarch 27, 2018
ReleaseMarch 27, 2018

A little later in the year and while summer is in full swing Kyoto is known for the lethargy inducing heat and humidity that descends on the geographical basin however, still chooses summer (July) as the perfect time to celebrate another of its big three – the world famous Gion Matsuri Festival. This elegant festival is officially a ritual related to Yasaka Shrine and can supposedly trace its roots back more than 1100-years to 869AD, when, with disease prevalent in the then 66 areas making up the nation, a Gion deity was enshrined along with 66 floats (one representing each area of the country) to ward off any lingering evil spirits.