Gion Festival, 祇園祭り

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Gion Festival, 祇園祭りGion Festival is one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, along with the Kanda Festival in Tokyo and the Tenjin Festival in Osaka.

祇園祭は、東京の神田祭や大阪の天神祭とともに、日本三大祭りにあげられています。

The festival is held in honor of the kami (Japanese God) of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto.

京都、八坂神社の神さまをたたえるお祭りです。

It is a one-month festival, and its highlight comes on July 17, when many floats are carried by a large number of young men, paraded through the main streets of Kyoto.

祭りは一ヶ月つづき、7月17日に最大の盛り上がりを見せます。その日、多く若者に引かれ、山鉾が市内のメインストリートを練り歩きます。

Kyoto has attracted many visitors throughout the year, but the number of visitors around this time of year is in particular large. 

一年を通じて観光客が多い京都ですが、この時期の多さはまた格別です。

Rows of street stalls and pedestrian's paradise are spectacular scenes of the year.

ズラリと並んだ露天と歩行者天国は一年に一度の大イベントです。

Gion Festival, 祇園祭り

July 17 is around the end of the Tsuyu rainy season in Kyoto, so the Gion Festival tells the arrival of real summer.

京都では、7月17日といえば梅雨の終わりの頃です。祇園祭りは本格的な夏の到来を告げるものです。

Its origin went back to the 9th century, when a plague prevailed throughout Japan and lots of lives were lost. 

Gion Festival, 祇園祭り

祇園祭は9世紀に始まりました。当時、国中に疫病がはやり、多くの犠牲者が出ました。

The tenno (Japanese emperor) prayed to the kami of  Yasaka  shrine to control the plague.

天皇は八坂神社の神さまに疫病を鎮めるように祈りました。


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