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The float procession of the "Saki-matsuri," or former festival, of the Gion Festival, one of Japan's three major festivals, paraded through Nakagyo and Shimogyo Wards, Kyoto, on July 17. As the procession was divided into two days this year due to the revival of the "Ato-matsuri," or latter festival, after a 49-year interval, 23 of the total 33 "moving museums" floats proceeded through the avenues of Kyoto.
In the midsummer sunlight, spectators' eyes filled with keen interest focused on the hands of the "Chigo," or sacred child. The "Shimenawa-giri" ritual of Gion Festival's Naginata-hoko Float, or cutting of the sacred plaited rope, which is the highlight of the Yamahoko Junko float procession, was held on July 17 in Fuyacho, Shijo-dori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. When Masato Hirai, this year's Chigo, powerfully cut the sacred straw, as if breaking a thread of tension, spectators roared with excitement and erupted into applause along the street.
A movement to start"100-yen breakfast" to encourage students to have breakfast is spreading at universities in Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures. The aim is to improve students' lifestyles and enhance their concentration in class by offering well-balanced meals for 100 yen. It is said that this arrangement is especially popular among students living alone away from their parents and is catching on at each university.
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