My sister-in-law lives in downtown Kyoto and while we visit every year, our timing was never right to see the Gion Matsuri festival. In 2017, we finally got our chance.
While the festival is best known for its parade, called the Yamaboko Junko, the nights before the parade are equally fun and something that anyone who is in Kyoto for the festival should experience. During these nights, most of the downtown streets are closed to vehicular traffic and are lined with food vendors selling your favourite Japanese food and drink. The food choices are endless and though I probably over-indulged, it was definitely worth it.
On the morning of the parade I honestly didn't know what to expect, but based on the crowds in the street the previous night, I knew it would be crowded. My sister-in-law's apartment is just off one of the main streets and told us we should head out early if we wanted to be close enough to see the floats, so off we went.
I had actually been on a tour through one of the floats the day before, but it did not compare to the sight of the fully assembled float lumbering its way down the street. These things were massive, with masts that had to be at least 5 or 6 stories high. They even had people on the roof making sure that the masts cleared any obstacles. Very impressive!
As always, I hope you enjoyed this little photo excursion. Until next time...