A Few Snapshots From This Year’s Gion Matsuri in Downtown Kyoto
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Heading To Gion Matsuri “yoi-yoi-yoi yama”, the first of three festival evenings  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/2, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading To Gion Matsuri
“yoi-yoi-yoi yama”, the first of three festival evenings

I missed most of Kyoto's Gion Matsuri this year, except for one evening when I stepped out for a few hours with Anthony. Unlike last year where I shot with a massive 300mm f/2 lens, this year photography was secondary, so I just brought along a simple 85mm f/1.4.

No particular theme to today's photos... just snapshots I took along the way.

Minnie  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Minnie
Shijo St.  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Shijo St.
Sitting Wherever You Can Find a Seat  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Sitting Wherever You Can Find a Seat
Side Street  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Side Street

The wall of lanterns above (which are really warm orange, but appear white because the color channels were blown out) is on one of the big yamaboko floats that are a major part of the festival. Up inside the top, music was being played for the crowd...

Musicians  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Musicians
Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos

The side streets were filled with festival vendors of all types. Here's one where one tries to use a tissue-paper scoop to collect wet marbles...

Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos

In former times (and still now) you had to try to collect as many goldfish as you could from a bin of water before the tissue broke, and you could take them home (where they presumably soon found their way to the toilet). This version with marbles seems better.

The tissue breaks very quickly once it gets wet, and I don't think the girl above got any marbles, but an older boy had a great technique where he held the thing vertically to put most of the weight of the marble on the plastic rim, and he was scooping them up...

Good Technique certainly quite satisfying  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Good Technique
certainly quite satisfying

However, at this vendor you could pay a bit extra and get as many marbles as you could transfer with two big plastic scoops:

Jackpot perhaps less satisfying, but you get a lot of marbles  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Jackpot
perhaps less satisfying, but you get a lot of marbles
Disgusting  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.6, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Disgusting

This disgusting stall featured a lady who would lean directly over... waaaay over... the cooking food when exchanging money with customers, with her cigarette sporting a long trail of ash. Ugh.

Another stall seemed a bit more sanitary...

Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Candy Apples  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Candy Apples
Candy Pot  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Candy Pot
Another Large Float featuring a small tea room in front  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Large Float
featuring a small tea room in front
Open-Air Tea Room  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Open-Air Tea Room
Tea Girls  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 7200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tea Girls
Adult Girls enjoying an adult beverage  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Adult Girls
enjoying an adult beverage
Cucumbers on a Stick refreshing cool snack on its own, but also great with beer  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Cucumbers on a Stick
refreshing cool snack on its own, but also great with beer
Chicken Skewers apologizing to potential customers about the wait needed until they're done ( we had a bunch of these; they were great )  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 11400 — map & image datanearby photos
Chicken Skewers
apologizing to potential customers about the wait needed until they're done
( we had a bunch of these; they were great )
Heading Home I wonder what will become of the massive blow-up cartoon hammer  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Home
I wonder what will become of the massive blow-up cartoon hammer
Festive Mood  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Festive Mood
Photo Op  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 12800 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op

Looking at the “nearby photos” under any of these will likely bring you to lots of photos from last year's many outings.


All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

When did you go? Looks like the night of the 16th, that’s when I was there, too.
Unfortunately I couldn’t go to see the parade the next day as I had to work.
Great photos!

Yoiyoyiyoyama is the first of three nights (the 14th). It’s the least crowded night, at least it was last year. —Jeffrey

— comment by zoomingjapan on July 21st, 2012 at 9:56pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Nice set of photos.

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on July 21st, 2012 at 10:46pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Cigarette ash is actually perfectly sanitary. It’s probably the least of what you have to worry about when eating food cooked by dirty, greasy, yakuza-paid wage-slaves using the cheapest ingredients from Chinese factories, where they are filled with who-knows-what toxic chemicals.

I don’t know what “sanitary” has to do with it… it’s disgusting even if perfectly sterile. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zachary on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:33am JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I wanted to go on the 14th too, but I felt somewhat sick, so I went the next day. And boy, it was ten times more crowded than on Saturday (judging from the pictures)! There were times when walking simply was impossible…

In generally I found certain stalls to be quite questionable. I mean, a heavily tattooed , chain smoking guy selling balloons to little kids? Huh…

But I still managed to run into Paul Barr that night! Must have been strange for him: “Hey, you don’t know me, but I saw you on Jeffreys Blog!”

Anyway, great pictures. I am also heavily impressed by the High-ISO picture quality…

Ah, that was you! He mentioned that someone picked him out of the crowd! You always run into someone you know at Gion Matsuri! 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Mathias on July 22nd, 2012 at 8:11pm JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Oh what a flair you have for captions. ‘DISGUSTING’ would have been maybe another nondescript photo… but after the caption it becomes the center of the conversation.

A. Is it disgusting because of that big ol’ cancer stick hangin’ out of of tin pot lady’s mouth.

B. Is it the, “Hey, it pays the bills, okay!?” look on tin pot lady’s face?

C. Is it her older age and lack of subjective beauty compared to the grace and charisma of Princess Chestnut Hair in the photo below?

D. Or Maybe it’s that pot full of tare sauce and its unspoken yet loud-and-clear message to you, the viewer: “Just add more tare… that will fix everything! Heh! Heh! Heh!”

Your further explanation notwithstanding, my money would have been on A or D.

— comment by Ron Evans on July 24th, 2012 at 4:41am JST (5 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Im amazed! im just amazed! how did you get those images with that ISO but without any noise at all? was it the camera? the LR? i just dont get it! i loved the pictures btw, they are beautiful! (i just ran into your blog as a casualty, im glad i did (by the way, excuse my english, i actually speak spanish))

It’s a combo of the camera being good, Lightroom being good, and smaller sizes hiding details, I suppose. —Jeffrey

— comment by Luigi on July 17th, 2013 at 11:20am JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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