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祇園祭 大盛り上がり中!

Gion Matsuri is now getting hot!

こんにちは!世間は三連休ですね、皆さんはどうお過ごしですか?
京都では、このブログでも何度か紹介させていただいてる祇園祭がこの三連休にかけて一番の盛り上がりを見せます!
中京・下京の各町に伝わる山鉾が四条通~河原町通を巡行する「山鉾巡行」は祇園祭の最大の見どころの一つです。
今回は、そんな山鉾の一つである「太子山」をご紹介いたします。
太子山は聖徳太子を祀っており、聖徳太子が四天王寺を建立する際に、自ら山に入って良材を求めたという所伝にもとづいて作られた山が太子山です。他の山は御真木に松を立てていますが、太子山は杉を立てているのが特徴的ですね。今日明日(7月15・16日)は露店もたくさん出店し、歩行者天国にもなるので皆さん思いっきり楽しんでくださいね(^^♪

Hello, it’s 3 days holiday now in Japan which Gion Matsuri in Kyoto gets the hottest!
Processions of Yamahoko is one of the most famous in this festival.
Yamahoko is decorated floats which every town in Kyoto builds their own. They are decked with local arts and crafts that’s why some call them walking museums.
Today we introduce “Taishi-Yama” which is one of the Yamahoko.
Shotoku Taishi who’s the crown prince in ancient Japan is deified in this “Taishi-Yama”.
It’s made according to the legend which is when he built Shitenno-ji temple which is the oldest Japanese building, he walked into the forest by himself to find good material for that.
Using ceder tree not pine tree like the others is the greatest feature of Yamahoko.
So many food stands come out and the street becomes for only pedestrians today and tomorrow (15th and 16th July), so don’t miss the hottest Gion Matsuri!