Kyoto’s 1100-Year-Old Gion Festival

An Overview of Japan’s Most Famous Festival by Catherine Pawasarat. Shining as the best-known 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...

The Latest News on Gion Festival 2020

Like every year, there’s lots happening during the spectacular and enormous Gion Festival 2020. Alas, most events are little advertised, or marketed only in Japanese. Let me help for your experience of Gion Festival 2020. I’ve attended more the festival...