Gion Matsuri

5 of the Most Anticipated Japanese Festivals to Watch Out for in Kyoto

Kyoto (京都) is the perfect destination to experience different festivals during varying seasons in Japan. It is also one of the places each tourist should visit when visiting the country. It is quieter and quainter than other cities in the country and is surrounded by very rich culture and tradition. If you plan to visit…

Kanzashi: An Overview of a Maiko’s Seasonal Hair Ornaments

Maiko is an apprentice geiko (similar to a geisha) in Kyoto. They wear elaborate hair ornaments (kanzashi) in different months called kisetsubana. The motif (decorative design) of the month depends on the flowers and events that occur in that month. January vivcore.com/ Some of the classic patterns include plum, bamboo, and pine which are the…

Appreciate the History and Beauty of Kyoto at these 3 Events

Kyoto is, undeniably, a popular tourist destination in Japan. It used to be the capital and the Emperor’s residence a long time ago. It is located in a valley, which is part of the Yamashiro Basin, in the eastern part of the Tamba highlands. There are numerous temples and shrines which have been preserved until…

The 3 Biggest Summer Festivals of Japan

Matsuri are conducted year round in Japan and are celebrated for many different reasons. Originally matsuri were religious celebrations to pray to the Gods for a good harvest or to ward of disasters such as earthquakes or fire. Today matsuri are still widely celebrated across the whole of Japan but are more than just religious…

The amazing giant floats of Gion Festival, Kyoto

Gion Festival (祇園祭 – Gion Matsuri) is the biggest and most famous festival in Japan. This annual event is held in Kyoto for the entire month of July, the highlight of the festival is on July 17th. The parade on July 17th, consists of two kinds of floats, there are 25 yama floats and 7…

3 Upcoming Japanese Summer Festivals

The Japanese festivals called Matsuri in Japanese are traditional festive and fun occasions where you can learn more about the culture and the traditions. The Matsuri normally are held by local shrines or temples. The Matsuri happen in every season and usually the ones which occur in summer or autumn are related to the rice…

The Prevalence of the Gion Matsuri Tradition

Having always read and watched Japanese related events and traditional rituals from a third world country or a country with poor heritage, a desire to lively witness one has always been an unfulfilled desire until the day I set foot on the Gion Matsuri festival that was actually unbelievably more marvelous than the highest of…