Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gion Matsuri: Yoiyama

The nights leading up to the parade at Gion Matsuri are known as Yoiyoiyoiyama, Yoiyoiyama and Yoiyama. It rained through the first two but cleared up for one good night wandering around town looking at the yamaboko.


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Here Keiko helps Natsuki put on a yukata for the first time since junior high.

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Part of the Gion Matsuri is known as the Byobu Matsuri, where people open up their private collections and their homes.

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There is a lot of garbage. Armando and Natsuki frolicked among it.

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This is Fune Boko. Which is a Hoko that looks like a boat.

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Fish, take warning, run from Japan.

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