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Shirabyoshi Dancer, Gion Matsuri

Shirabyoshi Dancer, Gion Matsuri

The Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s largest festival. it is a unique opportunity to see a number of Japanese traditions, religious processions, dances, music, historical costumes, etc. Here, Shirabyōshi (白拍子) female dancers . . .

Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion Matsuri (祇園祭), the festival of the Yasaka Shrine, is one of the three largest festivals in Japan, and probably the most famous one. It takes place in Kyoto over the entire month of July. There are many different events,

Omukae Chochin – Welcoming Lanterns

Omukae Chochin – Welcoming Lanterns

This year’s Gion Matsuri is starting. Little and large events are taking place around the city.  We can already feel the presence of a larger than usual number of people, mainly around Shijo / Kawaramachi streets.   The construction of the Hoko and Yama has...
Nagoshi no Harae Summer Purification

Nagoshi no Harae Summer Purification

Every year, at the end of June, many shrines hold an ancient Japanese purification rite called “Nagoshi no Harae”. In this ceremony people atone for their sins . . .

Shogatsu at the Chion-In Temple

Shogatsu at the Chion-In Temple

Like in any other country in the world, December 31st is a special day in Japan. Lots of things happen from Midnight on, as the Japanese people observe the O-Shogatsu.