Kyoto’s Gion Festival (京都祇園祭, Kyoto Gion Matsuri) is the city’s biggest festival and one of the most famous in Japan. Centered around Yasaka Shrine, it has roots dating back to 869 when the people of Kyoto held a festival to pray for respite from a plague that had befallen the city. Today the festival lasts for the entire month of July but it is the Yamaboko Parade (山鉾巡行) on the 17th and 24th which provides the focal points. The parade on the 17th is the original and sees about 20 floats take part. The procession on the 24th became an annual fixture from 2014 and is smaller in scale with about 10 floats pulled along the streets.
There are two types of floats: the yama and the hoko (referred to collectively as yamaboko). The latter hoko floats are the largest—some almost 25 meters tall—and the most impressive, but all are intricately decorated and impressively built from scratch each year for the festival.
I joined my town’s festival to pray that many agricultural products grow in this year too on 19th May. I show you praying.
Gengo is the name of the Imperial era in Japan. The name of the new Imperial era will be Reiwa 令和,
The new era will begin on May 1st.
The era name was taken from the Manyoshu, which is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry.
Reiwa represents auspicious harmony
I went to Taga shrine in Shiga where is said the father shrine of Ise shrine in the final day of Heisei era.
most of Japanese want to be Ise shrine even one time whole our life, but Taga shrine is its father shrine, so Taga shrine is a higher class shrine.
May 5th is called “Children’s Festival Day”, a day to celebrate the healthy growth of children.
We put up a carp streamer in front of a house.
The carp is thought to be a lucky fish symbolizing success in life.
May 5th is called Children’s festival day , a day to celebrate the healthy growth of children.
we put up a carp streamer that is called KOINOBORI in Japanese in front of a house and so on. The carp is thought to be a lucky fish symbolizing success in life .
And be when I walked around my house ,
I found a lot of KOINOBORI .
They are very amazing!!!