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On July 5, the "Kippu-iri" opening ritual of the Naginata Hoko float, which leads the Yamahoko procession of the Gion Festival, was held at the Naginata Hoko community hall in Shijo-dori Karasuma-higashi-iru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. This year's "Chigo," or sacred child, performed the "Taihei-no-mai" dance, which will be performed on the float on the day of the procession.
The Gion Festival, one of Japan's three major festivals, kicked off on July 1. This year, the "Ato-matsuri," or the latter festival, is being revived on July 24 for the first time in 49 years, so the "Yamahoko Junko" float procession will parade through central Kyoto City for two days, on both that day and on July 17 for the "Saki-matsuri," or the former festival. Another hot topic is that the Ofune-hoko float has been revived after 150 years and will hold the last position in the Ato-matsuri Junko procession. This year is a very special in the Gion Festival's long history.
On July 7, Kyoto National Museum, in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, unveiled a part of the National Treasure "Choju-jinbutsu-giga," or Animal-Person Caricatures, restoration of which has just been completed after four years, to the press. The lively animal depictions have come into the present and will be on display to the public from October 7 at the museum.
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