Gion Matsuri : Yoiyama evening before the Latter Festival parade (Part 1)
The evening before the Gion Matsuri parade is called Yoiyama. This year, as the parade was held in two parts, we had chance to enjoy the festival atmosphere twice as long as usual.
These photos were taken on July 23. Float districts were quite crowded, but not as much as on the evening of July 16, just before the Former Festival parade (Saki-matsuri). On this occasion, the float valuable heirlooms (textiles, painted screens, armor) were displayed.
Hashibenkei-yama exposition :