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110831-0004 - Gion Matsuri


Kyoto Meiji 1890s Unknown
A festival float is being pulled down a street during Kyoto‘s famed Gion Matsuri, which takes place during July. The festival was started when in 869, Kyoto was suffering from pestilence. By order of Emperor Seiwa (850-880), the people of Kyoto prayed to the god of Yasaka Shrine for deliverance of the disease. For each of the sixty-six provinces of Japan, a decorated halberd was displayed, together with mikoshi (palanquin to carry a god) from the shrine. In later years, if disease broke out again this ritual was repeated. It was made an annual event in 970.
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