One Quick Photo from the Gion Festival’s Shinkousai Event
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Gion Matsuri — Shinkousai Kyoto, Japan 祇園祭神幸祭 -- Gion Matsuri Shinkousai (祇園祭、神幸祭) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl,
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Gion Matsuri — Shinkousai
Kyoto, Japan

Today was the biggest day of Kyoto's biggest annual festival, Gion Matsuri. I opted out of the main event, a sun-grilled parade of the big wooden floats seen in an earlier post, but I did attend an interesting event in the late afternoon when it was cooler, shinkousai. I'll post more photos another day...

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Are those characters numerals? Reminds me of this picture I took in 2001 (sadly before I had anything resembling a DSLR).

There were numbers at each position to organize the carriers.

No, it’s the name of the shrine entity/group. —Jeffrey

— comment by Pablo on July 18th, 2011 at 11:05am JST (12 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink


Wow, those are great shots on your blog. Folks wishing to see Gion Matsuri’s main event should check out Junichiro’s post. The text is all Japanese, but the pictures can be clicked through to large ones. Notice how the traffic signals are moved out of the way as the big floats approach. These shots make me want to see it in person next year! —Jeffrey

— comment by Junichiro-Kosera on July 18th, 2011 at 12:17pm JST (12 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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