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May 29, 2014
Have you ever seen a matsuri, Japanese traditional festival? Don’t miss it while travelling to Japan! Its ambience can’t be described with words, you have to experience it. 
If you’re coming to Kyoto in July, you’ll have chance to feel the atmosphere of Gion Matsuri, one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade of 33 gorgeous Yamaboko floats generally called ‘moving museum’. 
In 2014, the parade will be divided into two parts, Saki-Matsuri (Former Parade) on July 17th and Ato-Matsuri (Latter Parade) on July 24th.
These are photos of Gion Matsuri parade taken in 2009, during my first visit to Japan:

Iwato Yama 岩戸山 :

Hoka Hoko 放下鉾 :

Hosho Yama 保昌山 :

Tokusa Yama 木賊山 :

Yamabushi Yama 山伏山 :