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KYOTO GION MATSURI

KYOTO GIONMATSURI

Gion Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Japan. This festival of Yasaka Shrine and Kyoto townspeople was reportedly originated in 869, when 66 pikes were donated to the Shinsen-en imperial garden, to enshrine a god of the plague. The festival was then held annually since 970, and the prototype of floats was complete in 999. The history of Gion Matsuri was interrupted by the Onin civil war (1467 - 1477), and was resumed in 1500 after the cessation for 33 years. The tradition also survived massive fires in 1708, 1788 and 1864, as well as diverse other incidents and changes. Originally, Gion Matsuri was called Gion-e or Gion Goryo-e; Goryo-e was a requiem festival to pray for the repose of souls of people who died from plague or violence.

Prosession Order for Festival 2017

The order of floats in the procession of Gion Matsuri 2017 was determined by draw at the Kuji-tori (Procession Order Draw) ceremony on July 2.

Ashikari-yama drew “Yama 5 ban” (5th yama) this year.

Sakimatsuri
1
  • 長刀鉾
  • Kujitorazu
  • 長刀鉾
  • Naginata-hoko
2
  • 1st yama
  • 占出山
  • Urade-yama
3
  • 2nd yama
  • 孟宗山
  • Moso-yama
4
  • 3rd yama
  • 霰天神山
  • Araretenjin -yama
5
  • 長刀鉾
  • Kujitorazu
  • 函谷鉾
  •  Kanko-hoko 
6
  • 4th yama
  • 伯牙山
  • Hakuga-yama
7
  • 1st kasa
  • 四条傘鉾
  • Shijokasa-hoko
8
  • 5th yama
  • 芦刈山
  • Ashikari-yama
9
  • 菊水鉾
  • 1st hoko
  • 月鉾
  • Tsuki-hoko 
10
  • 6th yama
  • 山伏山
  • Yamabushi-yama
11
  • 7th yama
  • 油天神山
  • Aburatenjin-yama
12
  • 8th yama
  • 太子山
  • Taishi-yama
13
  • 鶏鉾
  • 2nd hoko
  • 鶏鉾
  • NiwatoriI-hoko 
14
  • 9th yama
  • 木賊山
  • Tokusa-yama
15
  • 2nd kasa
  • 綾傘鉾
  • Ayakasa-hoko
16
  • 10th yama
  • 蟷螂山
  • Toro -yama
17
  • 鶏鉾
  • 3rd hoko
  • 菊水鉾
  • kikusui-hoko 
18
  • 11th yama
  • 白楽天山
  • Hakurakuten-yama
19
  • 12th yama
  • 郭巨山
  • Kakkyo-yama
20
  • 13th yama
  • 保昌山
  • Hosho-yama
21
  • 鶏鉾
  • Kujitorazu
  • 放下鉾
  • Hoka-hoko
22
  • Kujitorazu
  • 岩戸山
  • Iwato-yama
23
  • 鶏鉾
  • Kujitorazu
  • 船鉾
  • Fune-hoko
Atomatsuri
1
  • Kujitorazu
  • 橋弁慶山
  • Hashibenkei-yama
2
  • Kujitorazu
  • 北観音山
  • Kitakannon-yama
3
  • 1st yama
  • 鯉山
  • Koi-yama
4
  • 2nd yama
  • 役行者山
  • Ennogyoja-yama
5
  • 3rd yama
  • 八幡山
  • Hosho-yama
6
  • Kujitorazu
  • 南観音山
  • Minamikannon-yama
7
  • 4th yama
  • 鈴鹿山
  • Suzuka-yama
8
  • 5th yama
  • 浄妙山
  • Jomyo-yama
9
  • 6th yama
  • 黒主山
  • Kuronushi-yama
10
  • 鶏鉾
  • Kujitorazu
  • 大船鉾
  • Ofune-hoko

Event Schedule for 2017

July Event Location
1st through 5th Kippu-iri (Initiation Ceremony) Individual Float Towns
1st Naginata-hoko Cho Osendo (Naginata-hoko Townspeople's Visit to Yasaka Shrine) Yasaka Shrine
2nd Kuji-tori Shiki (Procession Order Draw Ceremony) Kyoto City Hall(Assembly House)
2nd Yama-hoko Cho Shasan (Float Townspeople's Visit to Yasaka Shrine) Yasaka Shrine
10th Omukae Chochin (Welcome Lantern) Yasaka Shrine and Kyoto City Hall
10th Mikoshi-arai (Portable Shrine Purification) Shijo Ohashi Bridge
10th through 13th Hoko-tate for Sakimatsuri (Hoko Float Assembly) Individual Float Towns for Sakimatsuri
10th through 15th Kiyo-harai (Town Purification) Individual Float Community of Sakimatsuri
12th through 13th Hoko Hiki-zome (First Float Towing) Individual Float Community of Sakimatsuri
13th Takahashi-cho Shasan (Takahashi-cho Officials’ Visit to Yasaka Shrine) Yasaka Shrine
13th Naginata-hoko Chigo Shasan (Naginata-hoko Float Child’s Visit to Yasaka Shrine) Yasaka Shrine
13th Kuze Komagata Chigo Shasan (Kuze Komagata Child’s Visit to Yasaka Shrine) Yasaka Shrine
12th through 14th Yama-tate (Yama Float Assembly) & Cho-kaisho Kazari-tsuke (Town Hall Decoration) Individual Float Community of Sakimatsuri
14th Ichiri-zuka Matsukazari-shiki (Milestone Decoration) Matsubara Nakano-cho
14th through 16th Byobu Matsuri for Sakimatsuri (Citizens’ Home Exhibition) Individual Float Community for Sakimatsuri
15th Takahashi-cho Imitake-tate (Divine Bamboo Setting) Shijo Fuyamachi (Fuyamachi-dori and Shijo-dori)
15th Mitarai no Ido-biraki (Well Water Purification) Shijo Fuyamachi (Fuyamachi-dori and Shijo-dori)
15th Yoimiya-sai (Holy Spirit Transition to Portable Shrines) Yasaka Shrine
16th Kencha-shiki (Tea Offering Ceremony) Yasaka Shrine
16th Goma-taki
(Holy Wood Burning)
Ennogyoja-yama
16th Sagimai and Dengaku
(Traditional Dancing)
Yasaka Shrine
16th Yoi-yama (Festival Eve) event for Sakimatsuri
Individual Float Community of Sakimatsuri
16th Hiyori Kagura
(Clear Weather Prayer)
Shijo Otabisho
17th Yama-hoko Junko (Float Procession) Shijo Karasuma (Karasuma-dori and Shijo-dori) to Kawaramachi-dori and to Oike-dori
17th Shinko-sai
(Portable Shrine Procession)
Yasaka Shrine and Shijo Otabisho
18th through 20th Yama-tate for Atomatsuri is started in steps
(Yama Float Assembly)
Individual Float Community of Atomatsuri
17th through 24th Mugon Mairi
(Silent Visit to Festival God)
Individual Float Community of Atomatsuri
23rd Imitake-tate and Ohake Shinji
(Divine Corner Setting)
Shijo Otabisho
23rd Sencha Kencha-sai and Biwa Hono
(Tea and Biwa Music Offering)
Yasaka Shrine
21st through 24th Yoi-yama (Festival Eve) event for Atomatsuri Individual Float Community of Atomatsuri
24th Atomatsuri Junko
(Atomatsuri Procession)
Karasuma Oike (Karasuma-dori and Oike-dori) to Kawaramachi-dori, Shijo-dori, and to Shijo Karasuma (Karasuma-dori and Shijo-dori)
24th Hanagasa Junko
(Hanagasa Procession)
Kyoto City Hall and Yasaka Shrine
24th Kanko-sai
(Holy Spirit Return to Yasaka Shrine)
Yasaka Shrine and Shijo Otabisho
25th Kyogen Hono
(Kyogen Offering)
Yasaka Shrine (Noh Stage)
28th Mikoshi Arai
(Portable Shrine Purification)
Shijo Ohashi Bridge
29th Shinji-zumi Hokoku-sai
(Report of Festival Completion)
Yasaka Shrine
31st Eki-jinja Nagoshi-saii
(Citizen Purification)
Yasaka Shrine Precincts