Yamaboko Junko Parade, Gion Matsuri, Kyoto

The Gion Matsuri, which is one of the most famous festivals in Japan, goes for almost the entire month of July. It is crowned by a parade, the “Yamaboko Junkō” on July 17 and July 24. It takes its name from Kyoto’s Gion district, although the parades actually take place in downtown Kyoto.

Several hundred thousand visitors come to Kyoto for this event, and it is often difficult to move around. Still, it is great fun despite the crowd, the heat and the rain, and of course, a nice subject for photographers.  

Two years ago, this huge parade took place under heavy rain and that gave a different feeling to the photos.