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Gion matsuri 2023 : Atomatsuri Yoiyama 祇園祭後祭宵山英語で説明

THE GIST OF THIS ARTICLE

The following is the contents of this article.

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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

たけちよ
たけちよ

The way to Enjoy Atomatsuri

  • Visit Otabisho to See Mikoshis.
  • See Kaisho Kazari
  • See Goshintai figurine of each Hoko.
  • Buy souvenirs like Chimaki, Tenuguis and others.
  • Collect Goshuin stamps
  • On some of the floats
  • Enjoy Gion Bayashi music.
  • Enjoy Byobu Matsuri
  • Abare Kannon
  • Shopping

京都たこパン

たけちよ
たけちよ

For more info. on Gion matsuri

Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto 2024: Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, and Yoiyamas!!! 祇園祭2024英語で説明
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The schedule of Gion matsuri 2024 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 2023

7/23 Yoi Yama 宵山

Ohake Kiyoharae Shiki took place to prepare for the Mikoshis.

祇園祭後祭宵山2023混雑状況

Still crowded though it is Sunday evening.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

This is the typical Atomatsuri sky. Beautiful and sad.

シカさん
シカさん

Abare Kannnon will take place tonight. Around 11:00, at Minami Kannon Yama.

7/22 Yoi-yoi Yama宵々山

19:00~

The Goshintais of Takayama are in brand-new outfits this year. Chimaki was sold out aound 10 p.m.

祇園祭後祭宵山混雑状況2023

Takayama and Shinmachi street (Ninami Kannon yama,  Kita Kannon Yama, Hachiman Yama, and Ofune Hoko is located) are so crowded.

9:00~11:00

北観音山

やっほー

祇園祭2023後祭マップ

The map of the year is available at Tourist Information Center or Kaisyos of eacha Yamahoko.

祇園祭2023後祭宵山混雑状況

Near Minami Kannon Yama around 9 a.m. Not so crowded as expected. We have enough time to admire the floats.

祇園祭2023後祭宵山混雑状況

At Takayama, people want souvenirs except Goshuin and Chimaki wait in line.

鷹山御朱印2023

The spacial printed Goshuin is available. It indicates the Goshintai figurine wear brand-new outfits this year.

鷹山御神体

We can see Goshintai figurine in an optical store called Daigakudo (大学堂)

鷹山2023鷹山のキジ

The pillars and other parts are painted in black. This year, we cannot see what the bird is. Enjoy in in the photo above. We can be in Takayama for 500 yen.

At Hachiman Yama, we can find a Byobu picture that describes the Gion Matsuri in the mid-17th century.

『祇園会後祭山鉾巡行図屏風』

In the red cirlcle, we can find a Kuza Komagata Chigo near the Mikoshi.

久世駒形稚児久世駒形稚児

シカさん
シカさん

He has a figurine of a horse’s head in his chest.

鯉山デジタル御朱印

Around 9 a.m. at Koiyama, people wait in line for souvenirs. This year, it offers a digital Gosyuin Stamp. Scan the QR cord.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

but I saw a pile of smth on Sanpos, 察してくれ

7/21 Yoi-yoi-yoi Yama 宵々々山

祇園祭2023後祭混雑状況

Yoi-yoi-yoi Yama started today. It was a Friday night and the streets and Kaisyos are crowded.

鯉山会所

At Koiyama and Hachiman Yama, we wait in line for a while to enter the Kaiyo.

シカさん
シカさん

Just a couple of minutes, don’t worry.

黒主山御朱印2023

At Kuronushi Yama, brand-new Goshuin stamps are available.

橋弁慶山御朱印2023

We also can have a printed one at Kuronushi Yama. (left) At Hashibenkei Yama, Goshuin of Chikara Nawa Goshuin is available.

橋弁慶山会所飾り2023

Of course Chikara Nawa amulet (Chinowa) also is available,

Takayama offers 2 kinds of Goshuin stamps, Sake, bags, and other souvenirs.

7/20 before Yoi-yoi-yoi-Yama

The pillars of Taka Yama were painted in black.( Last year, they were not painted.)

Kitakannon Yama was constructed and the musicians plays the Ohayashi on it.

Minami Kannnon Yama, too.

大船鉾金幣2023大船鉾てぬぐい2023

Ofune Hoko has a brand-new headpiece. To commemorate the renewal, newly-designed Tenugui is available.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

I’m sure Ofune Hoko lovers collect the Tenuguis of it. It would be sold out.

鯉山2023

The Komagata Chochin lanterns of Koi Yama are painted in red. It goes with the color of the twilight sky. (Around 19:20)

役行者山茅の輪くぐり2023

En no Gyoja Yama offers Chinowa.

お福さん
お福さん

Did’t do Chinowa Kuguri at Nagoshi no Harae? Go to En no Gyoja Yama.

Byobu Matsuri started.

屏風祭2023

This year, a shop or an office let us see a beautiful Byobu.

祇園祭2023後祭混雑状況

There were a few tourists.

7/19

Three Mikoshis and the deities stay in Otabisho.

At Otabiho, a Tenugui towel Takayama is printed is available.

The musicians of Minami Kannon Yama dedicated their music to the deities at Otabisho.

7/18

We can find the structure of Ofunehoko and Minami Kannon Yama.

 

鷹山真松建て2023

Taka Yama already has Shin Matsu (the pine tree on the roof).

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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.

七里ヶ浜親方
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

Take trains, not buses.

Following are the stations near Hokomacho (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).