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Gion Festival 2022: Green Light! Taka Yama Restoration a Highlight

Gion Festival 2022: Green Light! Taka Yama Restoration a Highlight

Kyoto’s Gion Festival 2022 returns in July! The Gion Festival Floats Association has named that it would like the festival to happen “in as close to its usual form as possible.” But there will of course be safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So...

Gion Matsuri 2022: How Will It Look?

Gion Matsuri 2022: How Will It Look?

Will Gion Matsuri 2022 happen? Who decides and how? Read about whether or not Kyoto's epidemic-destroying festival can do its thing in 2022.
Gion Festival 2021: Small in Size, Big in Heart

Gion Festival 2021: Small in Size, Big in Heart

The Yasaka Jinja is usually buzzing with visitors during the Gion Festival, but not in 2021. Image courtesy Jorie Johnson. No doubt the Gion Festival community and Kyoto authorities felt heartbroken to scale back the Gion Festival 2021 due to covid. Of course, this...

Gion Festival 2021 Cancelled? No, But Smaller Scale

Gion Festival 2021 Cancelled? No, But Smaller Scale

KYOTO––The 2021 Gion Festival will again be held on a much smaller scale than usual, same as 2020. Once more this is due to the covid virus and concerns about it spreading in public gatherings. The highlights of the annual festival are the processions of the gigantic...

Gion Festival 2021 Prospects

Gion Festival 2021 Prospects

Kyoto's famous Gion Matsuri likely scaled down in 2021 Will there be a Gion Festival 2021? Gion Festival 2020 did take place, but because of coronavirus concerns it was held in a much smaller way than usual. In 2020, none of the Gion Festival’s famous 34 yamaboko...

Gion Festival 2020 cancelled

Gion Festival 2020 cancelled

Won't happen in Gion Matsuri 2020: Usually thousands of men carry the portable miyoshi shrines shoulder to shoulder during the shinkōsai procession on July 17. A major portion of the Gion Festival 2020 is canceled. On April 20 the Gion Festival Floats Association and...