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Gion Matsuri – The procession of “Mikoshi”

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The procession of mikoshi takes place from 16:00 on the 17th, starting at Yasaka Shrine and ending at the Otabisho. The event involves carrying the shrine’s deity out of the shrine grounds and through the town in a mikoshi, a portable shrine, which is set on wooden beams and carried on the shoulders of local men. On the 24th, the mikoshi is returned to the shrine.

Festival about to start

Festival about to start

People getting ready!

getting things in order

People waiting for the festival

Cameras ready!

Festival started! with some horses dressed with traditional japanese clothes

Parade

Parade

White horse

Brown horse

Really hot summer day in Kyoto

Control

Care of the sun

Kyoto policeman

Parade

Hot!

Men in white

Men in white

Men in white

Men in white

Men in white

Mikoshi

Men in white

Men in white

Men in white

Men in white

Crowded streets

Rest for the tired horse under the shadows

Wating second parade

Kyoto

Friendly dog called "Sakura"

Festival almost over


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