Gion Matsuri – How to get into a Yamaboko

So you finally made your way through the crowded streets of Kyoto during the Gion festival and you are before one of those impressive looking Yamaboko floats. You see people handing out a ticket and going up and down from it and you wonder if its some Japanese-only thing or did you need reservations or...

July 2010 – This month in Kyoto

July is one of the hottest and busiest months in Kyoto with the Gion Matsuri (one of Japan’s 3 largest festivals) as the main reason for it. Here is a breakdown of all the highlights, activities, and things to see and do in Kyoto during July 2010: Monthly Kyoto Calendar – July...

Pull a Yamaboko float at the Gion Matsuri!

Easier said than done of course. But if you are interested in taking part in the Gion Matsuri, (one of three largest festivals all over Japan) as a “hikite”, in other words the people who pull the Yamaboko, then this is how you do it. Oh! first I need to tell you that there is a catch of...
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