Gion Matsuri in Photos: Part 1

Yama Hoko Grand Parade in Kyoto

By Hugo Kempeneer    - 1 min read

It’s July in Japan and for the city of Kyoto, that means the Gion Matsuri. This year (2014) the event is split in two, the Saki Matsuri (July 17th: Yama Hoko Grand Parade) and the Ato Matsuri (July 24th: Yama Hoko Grand Parade & Hanagasa Flower Hat Procession).

The following floats are shown in this photo story:

  • Abura Tenjin Yama,
  • Arare Tenjinyama,
  • Ashikari-yama,
  • Ayagasa-hoko,
  • En-no-gyoja-yama,
  • Fune-hoko,
  • Hachiman-yama,
  • Hakurakuten-yama,
  • Hashi-Benkei-Yama,
  • Houka-hoko and
  • Houshou-yama.

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Hugo Kempeneer

Hugo Kempeneer @hugo.kempeneer

I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Singapore, just to name a few. I love baking things such as bread, pies, and fruit cakes, and am an avid Blues lover; some of my favorite artists are B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I enjoy a good movie with a glass of wine or a Belgian Trappist and some Rochefort blue cheese. Since September 2012 I have been an honorary member of the " Kyoto Guide Club". I have been living in Japan for almost 25 years; 5 years in Tokyo, and then 20 years here, in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. My aim is to provide information about this extraordinary city to the future traveler. If you have any questions related to Kyoto or Nara, don't hesitate to drop me a line.