Videos of Yamaboko Floats in Pre-Parade Event “Yoiyama” of Kyoto’s Summer Festival Gion Matsuri

(This article was originally posted in Japanese at 02:49 Jul. 17, 2009)

Gion Matsuri is one of the most famous festivals in Japan that goes on for the whole month of July in Kyoto.

The highlight of the festival is the massive parade "Yamaboko Junko" where citizens in traditional costumes parade with floats called "Yamaboko". Kyoto's downtown area is reserved for pedestrian traffic on the night before the parade called "Yoiyama" and the floats are exhibited on the street illuminated by numerous chochin lanterns, accompanied by traditional hayashi music.

Here's our video footage!

Kyoto Gion Matsuri 2009 Yoiyama_01

Kyoto Gion Matsuri 2009 Yoiyama_02

Kyoto Gion Matsuri 2009 Yoiyama_03

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