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Gion Festival

Gion Festival is taken place through the month of July. Its highlight is the parade of 32 floats in the midst of summer heat on 17th July.

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While Kyoto was the capital of Japan, the whole country was stricken with the plague in as early as 869. The plague was believed to be caused by the curse of Susanoo, the Brother of the Sun Goddess in Japanese mithology. Therefore the Emperor sent the special messenger to Yasaka Shrine, where the spirit of Susanoo was enshrined, to pray for the immediate end of the terrible plague. Besides, he commanded Yasaka Shrine to erect 66 halberds representing the 66 provinces of the country to contain evil spirits by the parade of floats with halberd.
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Although there was a period of suspension, Gion Festival has been always supported by local merchants, showing their passion to import and adopt distinguished ornaments from ancient China, Persia, Old Korea, Holland, France and other countris.

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