Photography, Travel

Yoiyoiyama! 宵々山

Throwback Thursday!

These are photos of Yoiyoiyama (Gion Matsuri) from a lil’ more than a year ago. Now you see I have this problem call procrastination when it comes to editing. Well actually when it comes to most things. Still we’re not here to discuss my lack of merits but rather to recall fond memories of the passing summers.

Last year July, I was fondly greeted by my mum upon arriving home with a ‘We’re heading to Japan in a week’s time.’ I am certainly glad to visit the land of the rising sun again but talk about last minute schedule and surprise trip. So amidst rushing to book accommodations and planning the itinerary, it was a pleasant surprise to realize that we would arrive in Kyoto smack-bang in the middle of Gion Matsuri.

As the climax of the July festival, Yaiyoiyama is a fascinating mix of solemn rituals and lively festive goers. As thousands of paper lanterns lit the night, the central district of Kyoto is closed to traffic. Streets transformed into parades of colourful yukata accompanied by the slow rhythmic music from the Yamaboko float. Stalls lined the streets offering food, games and mementos to passer-by. In this dire heat and humidity, ice-cold puddings are consumed and beers drank. Shops seized this opportunity to hand out beautifully printed fans featuring their brands. I had in utter greediness collected quite a few of them. Wandering among this crowd of equal merry makers, sombre religious makers and commercial adversary makes this a satisfying date with my camera. And as a foreign observer, I had my fun of playing paparazzi for yukata patterns.

photos taken with Nikon D60 and Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

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