Gion Festival

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The first English-language website dedicated to Kyoto's extraordinary Gion Festival. The festival is a fascinating self-organizing institution, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage event. The festival continues to offer a luxurious smorgasbord of spiritual traditions from Japan, China, the Korean peninsula, as well as the Old Testament, Greek classics (via Western Europe) and even the Islamic world.

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Stalls selling food or toys are a familiar sight at festivals throughout Japan. - http://www.gionfestival.org/

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The Gion Festival takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17 and July 24. It takes its name from Kyoto's Gion district. http://gionfestival.org/

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The Gion Festival takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17 and July 24. It takes its name from Kyoto's Gion district. http://gionfestival.org/

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The Gion Festival takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17 and July 24. It takes its name from Kyoto's Gion district. http://gionfestival.org/

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"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

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"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

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"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

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"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

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"Historically, the Gion festival is an interesting coming together of essentially autonomous neighborhood associations, called chōnai. The chōnai are essential to everything about the festival; traditionally each chōnai funded its own hoko, and the rise and fall of the festival yamaboko mirrored the fluctuations in fortunes of chōnai members" - http://gionfestival.org/community/

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What did the Zen master say when the famous Tang-dynasty poet asked him for the essential teachings of Buddhism? Find out here: http://bit.ly/1I4pgMm

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Japan children's costumes during the festival - http://www.gionfestival.org/