posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Gion Matsuri parade!

After having seen some preparations two weeks ago it was fortunate to be in Kyoto on the 17th of July the highlight day of a month long festival. On this day a total of 32 floats are paraded through the main street of Gion. Nine out of them are called Hoko and are very large floats reaching 25 metres in height and carrying about 20 people each. On the Naginata Hoko, the first and largest float is the young boy in Shinto robes that I saw last time. Chosen from among the Kyoto merchant families Ochigosan must cut a rope with a single stroke to begin the matsuri.