THE GIST OF THIS ARTICLE
- This Page 概説、Overview, Nginata Hoko, Kanko Hoko, Kikusui Hoko, Tsuki Hoko, and Niwatori Hoko
- Page 2 Hoka Hoko, Iwato Yama, Fune Hoko, Yamabushi Yama, Moso Yama
- Page 3 Taishi Yama, Kakkyo Yama, Hosho Yama, Abura Tenjin Yama, and Shijo Kasahoko
- Page 4 Toro Yama, Hakuga Yama, Tokusa Yama, Arare Tenjin Yama, and Hakurakuten Yama
- Page 5 Ashikari Yama, Urade Yama, Ayagasa Hoko, and Hotei Yama
- Page 6 Kita Kannon Yama, Minami Kannon Yama, Hashi Benkei Yama, En no Gyojya Yama, and Koiyama
- Page 7 Hachiman Yama, Suzuka Yama, Kuronushi Yama, Jomyo Yama, Ohfune hoko, and Takayama
The following is the contents of this article.
In this article, you can learn all 36 Yamahoko floats of Gion Matsuri festival with their “Tujimawashi” videos and short tips.
The information of their Goshuin stamps and souvenirs are also available.
Yamahoko parade of 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19. Enjoy it on video.
Yamahoko floats are built in Sakimatsuri and Atomatsuri. Let us see the ones in Sakimatsuri.
Naginata hoko 長刀鉾
Naginata hoko is the most popular and famous Hoko in Gion Matsuri festival.
Naginata is a traditional Japanese sword invented in Heian period. Naginata hoko has long naginata on the roof and that is the reason why it is called “Naginata hoko. The Naginata is known for its power to take away evil spirits.
The order of Yamaboko float parade was decided on the lottery but Naginata hoko is always at the top of the parade because of its ability put away evil spirits.
Only Naginata hoko has “Ochigosan” boy on it.
He performs “Chigomai” dance during the parade.
Kanko hoko 函谷鉾
Lord Mengchang, a states person of Qin dynasty in acient China, and his collegue was on the run. They arrived at a gate in Kankokukan valley at night. The gate opened at dawn. One of them crowed as rooster and they escaped narrowly.
Kikusui Hoko 菊水鉾
Kikusui Hoko was named after a well which bears the same name in the district.
Tsuki Hoko 月鉾
Tsuki hoko (月鉾) is named after “Tsukuyomi no Mikoto (月読尊)”, a son of the Deity of Yasaka shrine.
Niwatori Hoko 鶏鉾
Niwatori hoko is based on an old story: In ancient China, people used a drum at lawsuits. When peace ruled the country, roosters and hens lived in the drum because there were no conflicts.