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Gion matsuri 2022 : Atomatsuri Yoiyama 祇園祭後祭宵山英語で説明

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What is Yoiyama? 宵山とは

2018宵山

Yoiyama means a kind of small festivals held a few days before in Hokomachi.

Hokomachi is a district where we can find Yamaboko floats. As seen in the photo above, there are many paper lanterns hanging on Yamaboko floats.

Yoiyama is preparation for Mikoshi and Yamaboko parade. It sitll reminds secret when it started but Gion Groyo-e Saiki, a book on Gion Goryo-e (the former name of Gion matsuri.), tells us it began in the 18th century.

Today, the word Yoiyama has two meanings; The three consecutive days before Yamaboko parade, and the eve of the parade.

 いちきしま ひめ
 いちきしま ひめ

In Atomatsuri, Yamaboko parade is on 24th. We call 23th Yoiyama, 22th Yoiyoiyama, and 21st Yoiyoiyoiyama precisely.

In this article, we call the nights of 21~23th Yoiyama.

祇園祭駒形提灯八幡山

In Yoiyama, we can see paper lanterns hanging on Yamaboko floats, enjoy Ohayashi music, and have Chimaki amulet and Goshuin stamps at Kaisyo, a kind of head office of Yamaboko floats. At many Kaisho, we can enjoy ornaments of Yamaboko. It is called “Kaisyo Kazari.” Most of them are put on Yamaboko floats on the very day of Yamaboko parade.

たけちよ
たけちよ

For more info. on Gion matsuri

Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto 2022: Let us enjoy Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, and Yoiyamas!!! 祇園祭2022英語で説明
The guide on Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto; its schedule, Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, Yoiyamas, history, the reason why it is celebrated, souvenirs, and other must-sees. Anything is available.
Gion matsuri Schedule 2022: Mikoshi, Yamahoko parade Yoiyama, and Takayama comeback special 祇園祭日程英語版
The schedule of Gion matsuri 2022 was announced. Mikoshi, Yamahoko parade, and Yoiyama available. Gion matsuri has lots of rituals held in July. In this article, you can see exact schedule they are held.
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Breaking news

7/24

7/22 Yoi Yoi Yama 宵々山

鷹山てぬぐい鷹山ちまき

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

At 21:00, almost all of souvenirs of Takayama were sold out. 

Even Naginata Hoko (the most popular Yamahoko float in Gion Matsuri) souvenirs never sold out at Yoi Yoi Yama. We cannot foresee that.

祇園祭2022後祭混雑状況

Not crowded though we are in weekend and Yoi Yoi Yama.

祇園祭2022後祭混雑状況

But Takayama neighborhood is crowded.

役行者山茅の輪

The Kaisho of En no Gyoja yama was renovated but the sacred rock, the storehouse, and the well are conserved completely.

At the entrance, there is a Chinowa. Chinowa is a kind of amulet that saves us from epidemics.

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たけちよ

Check the links, BAAAH!!

"Chinowa kuguri" at Yasaka shrine 2022 茅の輪くぐり英語で説明
Chinowa is a big wreath. A story about Somin Shorai says that the Deity save us from malady with it. We always find it in June and July but we also find it in March to prepare for coronavirus.
Gozu Tenno and Yasaka shrine: The Deity is still alive in the fear of COVID-19 牛頭天王英語で説明
Gozu Tenno is a Deity enshrined in Gion sha, the former Yasaka shrine. Gion matsuri is started oh his story and its still alive in the fear of COVID-19.

In 2022, we excercise Chinowa Kuguri at Nagohi no Harae, En no Gyoja Yama and Ekijinja Nagoshisai.

鷹山御朱印2022

At Takayama, we can have special Gosyuin every year. (1,000 JPY)

鷹山復興記念御朱印

Besides, the Reiwa 4 comeback special Gosyuin is available. (300 JPY)

Kuronushi Yama renovated its Gosyuin this year.

7月21日 宵々々山

祇園祭2022後祭混雑状況

In Muromach Dori street around 19:00. Not so crowded. Typical Atomatsuri. It took couples of minutes to enter the Kaisyo of Koiyama.

祇園祭2022後祭混雑状況

Shinmachi Dori is the main street of Atomatsuri because Hachiman Yama, Kita Kannon Yama, Minami Kannon Yama, and Ofune Hoko are located there.

7/20

シカさん
シカさん

The souvenirs of Takayama are available.

7/19

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七里ヶ浜親方

Floats prepare for the parade.

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When would we go the Yoiyama?

In daytime or night

If you wanted Chimaki, Goshuin stamp, and other things at Kaisyo, it would be better go there in daytime though Yoi of Yoiyama means “night.” At night, many people visited Kaisyo and it might take time to have these things.

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七里ヶ浜親方

We have hot days in daytime usually. Prepare for them!

In addition to it, we have some rituals on 23th July. Around 2:00 p.m., in front of Kaisyo of Enno Gyojya yama, Gomadaki Kuyo ritual is held. In this ritual, we have our wish on a small piece of wood. And Gyoja, a kind of Buddhist monk, belong to Shogoin temple set fire these pieces of wood to pray for us.

In the video, we can see small pieces of paper hanging on a rope. When the ritual is finished, we can have them as an amulet which saves us from bad luck.

げきすせん
げきすせん

In daytime, buy the things you want and enjoy Yamaboko floats, paper lanterns and Kaisyo Kazari.

At twilight

宵宮祭/Yaaska shrine at dusk

We have two matsrui in Gion matsuri; Saki matsruri and Ato matsuri. In Ato matsuri, the twilight reminds of us autumn though we are in the midst of summer.

Car-free zone?

In Ato matsuri, we have car-free zones only around Yamaboko floats. And we don’t have one-way roads.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

Go anywhere you want!

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Access to Yoiyama

In Kyoto, we usually take bus to go to our destination but it would be better to take trains in Yoiyama period.

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

The bus routes are changed to avoid Hokomachi.

Following are the stations near Hokomachi (the enclosed area in blue line);

Kyoto City Subway Shijo station(the blue train on the map), Hankyu Karasuma station (the red train), and Keihan Shijo Kawaramachi station (the green train).



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