It’s July in Japan and for the city of Kyoto, that means the Gion Matsuri. This year (2014) the event is split in two, the Saki Matsuri (July 17th: Yama Hoko Grand Parade) and the Ato Matsuri (July 24th: Yama Hoko Grand Parade & Hanagasa Flower Hat Procession).
The following floats are shown in this photo story:
- Abura Tenjin Yama,
- Arare Tenjinyama,
- Houka-hoko and
I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Kore...