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Festival: Kyoto Gion Matsuri 2014

This was my third time going to at least some part of Gion festival, this year I visited on the Yoiyoiyoiyama night. Sadly I couldn’t attend the main day Thursday 17th due to work.

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Gion Matsuri 2013

I was lucky enough to visit Gion Matsuri again this year, my post from Gion Matsuri 2012 is here.

We have to work on the 17th so could only visit for Yoiyoiyama, where the roads are closed and the parade floats are stationed around the main area. It’s lovely to walk around, see people in yukata, eat festival food, enjoy a beer, listen to the music and look at the floats.

Before the roads are closed at 6pm we did some shopping, had dinner and of course tried the UFO machines our latest obsession.

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Walk down the river, where we saw lots of herons and a lazy muskrat.

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Finally winning the swimming ring Rilakkuma.

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Relaxing and sharing a beer by the river.

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Getting busy.

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Mos Burger mascot.

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One of the floats for the parade, men wearing yukata sit in them and play music like tinkering bells.

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Before walking back the station we got some festival food, I got a frankfurter on a stick!