2 What is Gion Matsuri?A festival held in Kyoto, Japan for the entire month of July.All events are funded, arranged, and performed by the citizens on Kyoto.The festival is to celebrate a Shinto priest who appeased the gods, and ended the plague of 869 A.D.
3 Yasaka ShrineHome of a Shinto priest, whom in led a parade of people through Kyoto to appease the gods, and end the plague.Today the shrine helps to organize the festivities of Gion Matsuri and ward off evil diseases.
4 Parades of Gion Matsuri There is a different parade every night over the course of the one month festival.Each night a new theme of Japanese history is portrayed.
5 Hoko and Yama Thirty-one large floats are paraded through Kyoto. Each float provides its own music and music and entertainment.
6 Sagi-Mai A male and female swan dance together in a holy ceremony. At the end of the dance a third performer dressed as a serpent is chased from the stage.
7 Noh Performance A without dialogue Very little scenery or props are used.Performers were a mask so that all emotion is told through motion, narration, and music.Often Religious inspired stories.
8 Kyogen Plays Comic plays entirely based off of dialog. Many more props and scenery are used.Plays are often very short, and can be used as a break to serious Noh performances.
9 Common treats of the Festival Takoyaki – Flaky pastry around chunks of Octopus meat.Tomorokoshi – Grilled corn on the cob, basted in soy sauce.