The central stage of Yasaka Jinja Shrine during the Gion Matsuri

In the evening of July 10th, the deities of the Yasaka Jinja Shrine are placed on three mikoshi (portable shrine), and while one of them is carried to the Kamo river to be purified, the other two stay quietly on the central stage of the shrine.

Here this central stage is illuminated by numerous chochin (lanterns), waiting for the people of the Mikoshi Arai ceremony to bring back the third mikoshi (called Nakagoza). This photo was made using the HDR technique with three exposures.