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The shedule of Gion Matsuri 2020 altered due to COVID-19: 祇園祭2020変更点英語で説明

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Introduction

祇園祭2020日程

On April 20, it was announced the cancellation of  Yamahoko parade, Yoiyamas of Sakimatsuri and Atomatsuri. Since then, there had been no information on Gion Matsuri until June 30. On the day, we were able to see the information board on the photo at last.

It indicates the schedule of the 2020 and tells us that lots of rituals and events are canceled or abbreviated.

In this article, I’ll show you popular rituals and events in 2020.

祇園祭2020の日程はどうなる?:山鉾巡行・宵山・鉾建てはコロナで中止
祇園祭2020年の日程が八坂神社に於いて掲示されました。山鉾巡行・宵山はコロナウイルスの影響で中止です。日程、並びに詳細、歴史的背景などを踏まえてご紹介申し上げますので来年以降にお役立てください。

 

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

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The schedule was altered for the fear of clusters.You know what I mean?

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Yasaka shrine holds Gion Matsuri in the fear of COVID-19 祇園祭・御霊会の趣旨から開催

The most important thing is that Gion Matsruri is held in 2020 though were are in the midst of COVID-19. The reason dates back to some 1,000 years ago: Gion matsuri started to conquer epidemics. In 869, Kyoto suffered from small pox and other epidemics. The Imperial court ordered Gion sha (the former name of Yasaka shrine) to held (Gion) Goryo-e ritual (the former name of Gion Matsuri). Since then, Gion matsuri was held to fight against epidemics.

Why is Gion matsuri celebrated?
Gion matsuri has changed in many ways but its aim reminds the same for 1150 years. In this article, you can learn the exact reason why Gion matsuri is celebrated.
シカさん
シカさん

I’m sure we cannot understand Gion Matsuri without the article.

祇園祭2019先祭速報/A Braking report on Gion matsuri
祇園祭2019後祭速報/A breaking report of Gion matsuri Atomatsuri
七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

To our regret, most of events are abbreviated. Enjoy Gion Matsuri in the videos!

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Imatsuri 居祭

Yoimiya Sai 宵宮祭

In Matsuri, Deities leaves shrines and temples on Mikoshi and stay in cities for the time of being. This is an usual way of Matsuri. On the other hand, some situations prevents Deities to leaving them. In these cases, Deities are stay in shrines and temples. This form of Matsuri is called Imatsuri (居祭). This year, many Matsuri was held as Imatsuri due to COVID-19 and Gion Matsuri is not exemption.

In Gion matsuri, the Deities of Yasaka shrine head for Otabisho at Shijo Teramachi.

On the other hand, priests put Goshinrei (御神霊 /spirits) of Deities into Mikoshi at Mikoshi warehouse this year.

Goshinrei Togyo Sai 御神霊渡御祭

祇園祭神幸祭/GIon matsuri: Mikoshi arrives at Otabisho

As indicated in the link the baby deer recommended, it is important the Deities stay in the center of Kyoto city. In this year, the Deities go and stay in Otabisho though Gion matsuri is Imatsuri this year. As described before, Deities remain in shrines and temples. I don’t know the exact reason but I’m surethis has something to do with the nature of Gion Matsuri: To save Kyotoites from epidemics. Yasaka shrine decided to send spirits of the Deities to the city for this purpose.

Though priests send the Deities to Otabisho, I have no idea of the way take.

御蔭祭2016

Gosinrei is usually left shrines and temples on Mikoshi but it is not the only way. For example, the Deity of Mikage shrine in a container called Goshipitsu (御神櫃) on the horse’s back in Mikage matsuri, Matsuri held prior to Aoi Matsuri.

Kuze Komagata chigo 久世駒形稚児

Kuze Komagata chigo is the most important figures in Gion Matsuri. The boy is considered as Susano no Mikoto, the Deity of Yasaka shrine. Mikoshis of Gion Matsuri are not able to leave Yasaka shrine without him. I suspect we cannot see him this year because Mikoshis don’t leave Yasaka shrine.

Gochokuban/Onchokuban 御勅板

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The priest under the umbrella holds a long board. It is Onchokuban or Gochokuban. On the board, the order of Emperor Enyu was written: The order askes Gion sha (the former name of Yasaka shrine) to hold (Gion) Goryo-e ritual (the former name of Gion Matsuri) to save Kyotites form epidemics. This board also leads Mikoshi and we may not see it in the same reason of Kuze Komagata Chigo.

 

たけちよ
たけちよ

Yasaka shrine says it sends Goshinrei to Otabisho. Onchokouban may go there, I think.

 

 

 

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Yamahoko parade canceled 山鉾巡行の中止

The nature go Gion Matsuri and the role of Yamahoko 祇園祭の趣旨との関係

In 2020, Yamaho parade was canceled. As also indicated in the link the baby deer recommended, Yamahokos gather Ekishin and they play important roles in Gion Matsuri.

I suppose the parade was canceled because to prevent clusters: Yamahokos are so popular and if once they were build, they would give birth to clusters. 。

Hikizome 曳き初め

祇園祭2017 長刀鉾 曳初め

Hikizome is a test drive of Yamahokos. When Yamahoko was built, any one can pull Yamahokos. This year, we don’t have Yamahoko Parade and Hikizome is also canceled.

Ochigo san お稚児さん

Ocigosan means child. We have some Ochigosan othre than Kuzakomagata chigo: Ikichigo of Naginata hoko and Ayagasa hoko chigo. They visit Yasaka shrine before the parade usually but this year, these rituals were canceled. Enjoy them in the videos.

長刀鉾町お千度 祇園祭2019/ The beginning of Gion matsuri.

 

綾傘鉾稚児社参 祇園祭2019/ Ayagasa hoko chigo shasan Gion matsuri 2018

 

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Hokotate canceled? 鉾立は中止?

祇園祭2018月鉾真木建/ Gion matsuri Shingitate of Tuki hoko

We are not sure Hokotate (building of Yamahokos) were canceled because we have no official announcement.

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Yaiyamas canceled 宵山の中止

祇園祭2017 函谷鉾の祇園囃子
あばれ観音2018 祇園祭/ Abare Kannon in Gion matsuri

Yoiyamas are held prior to Yamahoko parades. They also were canceled to avoid clusters. And it leads many events belong to them. For example, Abare Kannnon (Roaring Kannon) will be canceled.。

たけちよ
たけちよ

They are popular rituals and events canceled or abbreviated in 2020.



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