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On July 16, the night before the Gion Matsuri Yamaboko Junko parade of floats, the Yoiyama display of floats lit up at night attract huge crowds in central Kyoto. You can also enter some of the grand floats.
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Even before evening comes, a large crowd stop to see the Naginata-boko float at Shijo-Karasuma.
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People vying to see Naginata-boko float.
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Bridge to the float.
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Maiko alert
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Maiko poses in front of the Naginata-boko float across the street in Kyoto
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A real crowd pleaser. Thanks for posing!
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Maiko pose
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Side street of food and souvenir stalls
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Yamabushi-yama residence opened up for public display
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Yamabushi-yama 山伏山
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Yamabushi-yama
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Tenjin-yama 天神山
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Tenjin-yama
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Souvenir hunters. Cheap geta clogs and yukata (made in China) are sold.
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Geta for 600 yen
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Maiko in my midst
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Yoshikawa
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Yoshikawa: A special treat is that private residences in the old kimono merchant district open up their entryways to show folding screens, kimono, and other treasures.
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Yoshikawa
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Matsuzakaya 松坂屋
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Teens in yukata
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If you like women in yukata, see the Yoiyama (or Yoiyoiyama or Yoiyoiyoiyama during the three evenings before the main Gion Matsuri parade).
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Side street to Minami Kannon-yama float
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Minami Kannon-yama float
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Minami Kannon-yama float
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Minami Kannon-yama float and flute players
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A plastic sheet protects the tapestry from rain (it was a cloudy day)
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Crowd on one of the main streets
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Crowd on Shijo-dori street
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Crowd and floats on Shijo-dori street as darkness sets in.
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Crowd and floats om Shijo-dori street 四条通り
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Minami-Kannon Yama float
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Minami-Kannon Yama float
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Minami-Kannon Yama float 南観音山
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Girls in yukata singing in front of Minami-Kannon Yama float to attract donors.
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The public can enter the float through a small bridge connecting the float to a house.
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I went up to the 2nd floor of the house and lined up to enter the Minami-Kannon Yama float.
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People line up to enter the Minami-Kannon Yama float.
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Statue of Minami-Kannon inside the house connected to the float.
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Statue of Minami-Kannon inside the house connected to the float.
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On the narrow bridge to the float.
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On the top deck of the float where the musicians play. It is a very small space.
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Front of the float with small taiko drums. They sit on a very narrow bench along the edges.
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Front of the float
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Bells
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A pole in the middle
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Ceiling
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Outside view from the float
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Outside view from the house connected to the float.
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Outside view from the house connected to the float.
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Bridge to the Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Bridge to the Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Bridge to the Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Flute players on Minami-Kannon Yama float. 南観音山
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Shijo-dori street toward Naginata float
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Shijo-dori street toward Naginata float
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Shijo-dori street and Naginata float. This area was the most crowded.
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Shijo-dori street and Naginata float. This area was the most crowded.
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Naginata float at night
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Naginata float at night
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Naginata float at night
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Huge crowd
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