Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Gion Matsuri
Text An annual festival celebrated from July 17 to 24 at the Yasaka Jinja in Kyoto. Said to have originated during the reign of Emperor Seiwa (r. 858-876) as a festival to guard against pestilence. Today the processions of yamaboko (festival floats) pulled through the city on the first and last days are the highlights of the festival. These floats, displaying dolls, sculptures created by famous artists, and even Gobelin tapestries imported from abroad, are valued as cultural treasures.