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Kyoto’s 1100-Year-Old Gion Festival

An Overview of Japan’s Most Famous Festival by Catherine Pawasarat. Shining as the best-knwn festival in Japan, the Gion Festival takes place every year over the whole month of July. It’s a testimony to the community spirit of downtown...
The Victorious Return of Ōfune Boko

The Victorious Return of Ōfune Boko

Ancient Tradition Meets High Tech With an 1100-year history, the Gion Matsuri or Gion Festival is working with an unusually long-term perspective. Seven generations sounds like a stepping stone by comparison! I first heard the Ōfune Boko hayashi music troupe...