Gion Mat­suri July 1 – 31 Ky­oto, Ja­pan

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Gion Mat­suri, the fes­ti­val of Yasaka Shrine, is the among Ja­pan’s most fa­mous fes­ti­vals. Dat­ing back to 9 AD, it started as a re­li­gious cer­e­mony to ap­pease the gods dur­ing the out­break of an epi­demic. It takes place over the en­tire month of July. There are more than 30 dif­fer­ent events, but two are par­tic­u­larly renowned: the Yam­aboko Junko, a pro­ces­sion of artis­tic oats on July 17th; and Yoiyama, the fes­tive evenings pre­ced­ing the pro­ces­sion.

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