Gion Matsuri 2012
Gion Matsuri is a multi-day event. This time I went for Yoiyama. During Yoiyama the floats are all lit up and line the streets of Kyoto. The streets were blocked for vehicle traffic… but the human traffic was insane!
Here is an explanation from KyotoGuide.com.
On the three nights before the grand parade, the festival’s energy reaches its peak. The streets with people looking at the lit up Yama & Hoko floats. Gion Bayashi music fills the air, and countless stalls are set up along the colorfully decorated streets.
Here are some photos! There are a few days of Gion Festival left, so if you’re in the area see if you can check it out!