- Posted July 20, 2014 by
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Gion Matsuri in Kyoto 2014: Saki-Matsuri (前祭) Pt.2!
Last Thursday, July 17th, I braced the summer heat, got up early and was hoping for a good spot to witness the Saki-Matsuri. Although it wasn’t so hot, it was cloudy, temperatures hit 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). It was so crowded, it's actually quiet a feat for the Gion Matsuri committee to pull of, hats of to them.
This year the parade is divided into two parts, the Saki Matsuri on the 17th and the Ato-Matsuri on the 24th of July. Featured here are: Niwatori Hoko (鶏鉾), Tokusa Yama (木賊山), Toro Yama (蟷螂山) and Tsuki Hoko (月鉾), Hakurakuten Yama (白楽天山), Hosho Yama (保昌山), Kakkyo Yama (郭巨山), Hoka Hoko (放下鉾), Iwato Yama (岩戸山) and Fune Hoko (船鉾). Happy viewing if you didn’t have a chance to visit Kyoto during this exciting month of July!