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    Ready to continue on after a successful turn on the corner of Shijo and Karasuma Dori during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto.

    Ready to continue on after a successful turn on the corner of Shijo and Karasuma Dori during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Empress Jingū  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Ofune Hoko  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #大船鉾  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #神功皇后 
    Ofune Hoko (大船鉾) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The Fune Hoko in the Saki-Matsuri (前祭) is regarded as the ship going to battle (According to a story in the ancient chronicle “Nihon Shoki”, Empress Consort Jingū (神功皇后) led an invasion of Korea in the 3rd century.) The Ofune Hoko (大船鉾) is the ship returning from this battle. The float was lost and has not participated since the late 19th century. 2014 is the first year this float has joined the Gion Matsuri.The front and rear brocade tapestries, featuring a dragoon a red base are imports from Portugal and date from the 16th century. The side cloths are imports from from Portugal and date from the 16th century.

    Ofune Hoko (大船鉾) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The Fune Hoko in the Saki-Matsuri (前祭) is regarded as the ship going to battle (According to a story in the ancient chronicle “Nihon Shoki”, Empress Consort Jingū (神功皇后) led an invasion of Korea in the 3rd century.) The Ofune Hoko (大船鉾) is the ship returning from this battle. The float was lost and has not participated since the late 19th century. 2014 is the first year this float has joined the Gion Matsuri.
    The front and rear brocade tapestries, featuring a dragoon a red base are imports from Portugal and date from the 16th century. The side cloths are imports from from Portugal and date from the 16th century.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Empress Jingū  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Ofune Hoko  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #大船鉾  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #神功皇后 
    The turning of the floats (Tsujimawashi) is a spectacular event of the Gion Matsuri. The floats don’t have a rudder to steer with, so split bamboo are places under the wheels and water is applied to the wheels to allow them to slide while the floats are pulled from the side. The Gion Bayashi musicians, shouts of the pullers and oohs and ahhs from the spectators fill the air. With each successful pull there is laud applause!

    The turning of the floats (Tsujimawashi) is a spectacular event of the Gion Matsuri. The floats don’t have a rudder to steer with, so split bamboo are places under the wheels and water is applied to the wheels to allow them to slide while the floats are pulled from the side. The Gion Bayashi musicians, shouts of the pullers and oohs and ahhs from the spectators fill the air. With each successful pull there is laud applause!

    — 2 hours ago
    #Ato-Matsuri  #Empress Jingū  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Ofune Hoko  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #大船鉾  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #神功皇后 
    Ennogyoja Yama (役行者山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. Three deities are enshrined on this float. The Buddhist monk En no Gyōja (役行者), Hitokotonushi and Katsuragi. It is based on the legend that En no Gyōja made a bridge between the mountain of Katsuragi and Omine, manipulating Hitokotonushi by his mysterious powers.His real name is En no Ozunu (役小角) and in folk religion, he is often called En no Gyōja (役行者, lit. “the Ascetic from the En clan”) and traditionally held to be the founder of Shugendō (修験道).

    Ennogyoja Yama (役行者山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. Three deities are enshrined on this float. The Buddhist monk En no Gyōja (役行者), Hitokotonushi and Katsuragi. It is based on the legend that En no Gyōja made a bridge between the mountain of Katsuragi and Omine, manipulating Hitokotonushi by his mysterious powers.
    His real name is En no Ozunu (役小角) and in folk religion, he is often called En no Gyōja (役行者, lit. “the Ascetic from the En clan”) and traditionally held to be the founder of Shugendō (修験道).

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #En no Gyōja  #Ennogyoja Yama  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Shugendō  #Yasaka Shrine  #修験道  #八坂神社  #役行者  #役行者山  #後祭  #祇園祭り 
    Koi Yama (鯉山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. There is an ancient legend in China that a carp can transform into a powerful dragon if it can swim and climb up a steep and dangerous waterfall. The float design represents this legend and depicts the figure of a brave carp. There is a vermillion lacquered shrine gate and a hall on the float where the deity, Susano-o, is enshrined.Susano-o (須佐之男), also known as Takehaya Susanoo-no-Mikoto (建速須佐之男命), is the Shinto god of the sea and storms.

    Koi Yama (鯉山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. There is an ancient legend in China that a carp can transform into a powerful dragon if it can swim and climb up a steep and dangerous waterfall. The float design represents this legend and depicts the figure of a brave carp. There is a vermillion lacquered shrine gate and a hall on the float where the deity, Susano-o, is enshrined.
    Susano-o (須佐之男), also known as Takehaya Susanoo-no-Mikoto (建速須佐之男命), is the Shinto god of the sea and storms.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Koi Yama  #Kyoto  #Susano-o  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #須佐之男  #鯉山 
    Minamikannon Yama (南観音山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The deity enshrined on the float is the statue of a Buddhist monk sitting in meditation. The statue dates back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333). There are large willow branches set on the float and wooden medicinal balls on the four corners, believed to ward of illness.

    Minamikannon Yama (南観音山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The deity enshrined on the float is the statue of a Buddhist monk sitting in meditation. The statue dates back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333). There are large willow branches set on the float and wooden medicinal balls on the four corners, believed to ward of illness.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Minamikannon Yama  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #南観音山  #後祭  #祇園祭り 
    Suzuka Yama (鈴鹿山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The figure on this float represent the legendary female, Suzuka Gongen (鈴鹿御前), who warded of an evil goblin on Suzuka Mountain in Ise province (present day Mie prefecture). The goblin was causing a lot of suffering to the local community. Suzuka Gongen is pictured here with a tall gold hat and a large sword in her hand. She is a legendary figure prominent in Japanese folktales of the Kamakura period.

    Suzuka Yama (鈴鹿山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The figure on this float represent the legendary female, Suzuka Gongen (鈴鹿御前), who warded of an evil goblin on Suzuka Mountain in Ise province (present day Mie prefecture). The goblin was causing a lot of suffering to the local community. Suzuka Gongen is pictured here with a tall gold hat and a large sword in her hand. She is a legendary figure prominent in Japanese folktales of the Kamakura period.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Suzuka Gongen  #Suzuka Yama  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #鈴鹿山  #鈴鹿御前 
    Jōmyō Yama (浄妙山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. This float is based on the ancient historical record, the Heike Monogatari  (平家物語). The figures on the float represent the scene when Buddhist soldier, Jōmyō (Tsutsui no Jōmyō Meishū-筒井浄妙明秀), tried to reach the battle ground via the Uji River, while another Buddhist soldier, Ichirai (一来, died 1180), jumped over him and arrived first.

    Jōmyō Yama (浄妙山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. This float is based on the ancient historical record, the Heike Monogatari (平家物語). The figures on the float represent the scene when Buddhist soldier, Jōmyō (Tsutsui no Jōmyō Meishū-筒井浄妙明秀), tried to reach the battle ground via the Uji River, while another Buddhist soldier, Ichirai (一来, died 1180), jumped over him and arrived first.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Heike Monogatari  #Ichirai  #Japan  #Jōmyō Yama  #Kyoto  #Tsutsui no Jōmyō Meishū  #Yasaka Shrine  #一来  #八坂神社  #平家物語  #後祭  #浄妙山  #祇園祭り  #筒井浄妙明秀 
    Kitakannon Yama (北観音山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. This float has two deities: Yoryu Kannon and Idaten. The float is decorated with willow branches. Two patterns of tapestry, Kannon Karakusa and Unryu, are used for decorating the sides of the float.

    Kitakannon Yama (北観音山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. This float has two deities: Yoryu Kannon and Idaten. The float is decorated with willow branches. Two patterns of tapestry, Kannon Karakusa and Unryu, are used for decorating the sides of the float.

    — 2 hours ago
    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kitakannon Yama  #Kyoto  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #北観音山  #後祭  #祇園祭り 
    Hashibenkei Yama (橋弁慶山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The two figures on this float represent two historical figures in Japanese history. The Buddhist soldier Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶, 1155–1189) on the right and his master Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸). The scene pictured here is when, Benkei, wearing armour with a large sword in his hand, and Ushiwakamaru better know as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源 義経, 1159 – June 15, 1189), with a sword in his right hand, took part in the battle on Gojo bridge.

    Hashibenkei Yama (橋弁慶山) during the Ato-Matsuri (後祭), the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. The two figures on this float represent two historical figures in Japanese history. The Buddhist soldier Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶, 1155–1189) on the right and his master Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸). The scene pictured here is when, Benkei, wearing armour with a large sword in his hand, and Ushiwakamaru better know as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源 義経, 1159 – June 15, 1189), with a sword in his right hand, took part in the battle on Gojo bridge.

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Hashibenkei Yama  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Minamoto no Yoshitsune  #Musashibō Benkei  #Ushiwakamaru  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #後祭  #橋弁慶山  #武蔵坊弁慶  #源 義経  #牛若丸  #祇園祭り 
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    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

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    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Hanagasa Junkō  #Japan  #Kyoto  #geisha  #maiko  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #舞妓  #花笠巡行  #芸者 
    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Hanagasa Junkō  #Japan  #Kyoto  #geisha  #maiko  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #舞妓  #花笠巡行  #芸者 
    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

    The Hanagasa Junkō Parade at the Gion Matsuri,2014, in Kyoto. Featuring Japanese drum ensembles, flower girls, horse back samurai woman, maiko and geisha in a unique parade along the main streets of Kyoto during the Gion Matsuri 2014!

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    #Ato-Matsuri  #Gion Matsuri  #Hanagasa Junkō  #Japan  #Kyoto  #geisha  #maiko  #後祭  #祇園祭り  #舞妓  #花笠巡行  #芸者