Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari of Gion Matsuri (July 16th-17th, 2024)

Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari of Gion Matsuri

The information of Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari is presented here. Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari is held every year on July 16th and 17th. In Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari, samurai armor is displayed in townhouses and the Kyusen-kaku (town hall) along Matsubara-dori (from Saifukuji-mae to Matsubara-bashi bridge). In the Kyusen-kaku (town hall), a magnificent armor called “Taisho (the General)” and two armors of “Otsukai-musha (warrior messengers)” are displayed side by side.

【Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari 2024 Schedule (confirmation required)】

Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari 2024 will be held on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17, 2024.
●Gion Matsuri Festival 2024 will start on July 1st, 2024 and end on July 31st, 2024.
Gion Matsuri Festival Schedule (July 1st-31st)

【Kyusen-kaku and Matsubara-dori Map & Directions】

Address: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access (How to get there): Kiyomizumichi bus stop (about 5 minutes on foot), Kawaramachi Matsubara bus stop (about 5 minutes on foot), Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station (about 7 minutes on foot)

【Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari of Gion Matsuri brief overview】

Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari (弓矢町武具飾り) of Gion Matsuri Festival (祇園祭) is held every year on July 16th and 17th. Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari is held on July 16th, the day of Former Festival Yoiyama, and July 17th, the day of Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade) and Shinko-sai. Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari originated in the Edo period (1603-1868), when six Hoshi-musha (samurai) and 30 armored Musha (samurai, warriors) served in the mikoshi (portable shrine) procession of Shinko-sai held on July 17th, and after the Meiji period (1868-1912), they served in Shinko-sai held on July 17th and Kanko-sai held on July 24th. However, in 1966, Kanko-sai was the last serving, and in 1974, Shinko-sai was the last serving, and since 1975, the armors have been displayed at Shinko-sai to dry out. In Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari, about ten armors are displayed in townhouses along Matsubara-dori (from in front of Saifukuji Temple to Matsubara-bashi Bridge) and in the Kyusen-kaku (town hall). In the Kyusen-kaku (town hall), a magnificent armor called “Taisho (the General)” and two armors of “Otsukai-musha (warrior messengers)” are displayed side by side, and old documents, maps, and photographs are also displayed. In addition to Taisho-jirushi and Otsukai-musha-jirushi, the armor also bears other seals such as the Chi-jirushi, Shin-jirushi, Atago-jirushi, Jin-jirushi, Gi-jirushi, Fuku-jirushi, Ka-jirushi, Ten-jirushi, Rei-jirushi, Hana-jirushi, and Matsu-jirushi seals. It is said that the annual guardians of the three towns of Naka Yumiya-cho, Higashi Yumiya-cho, and Nishi Yumiya-cho took turns to serving as Taisho-jirushi.

★It is said that Yumiya-cho was a shrine area of Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine) around the middle of the Heian period (794-1185). It is also said that the area later became the home of the Inujinin, low-ranking Shinto priests who were subordinate to Yasaka Shrine and performed various duties such as guarding and cleaning the shrine. The Inujinin are said to have led mikoshi (portable shrines) during the parade of Shinko-sai and Kanko-sai as six bo-no-syu, holding octagonal sticks, dressed in white hoods with only their eyes showing, and guarding and cleaning the parade route. The Inujinin are also depicted in “Rakuchu Rakugai-zu Byobu (Uesugi version), 1565. It is said that the Inujinin made bows and arrows, strings, to (shoes), and yugake during the Edo period (1603-1868).
★Shinko-sai and Kanko-sai are the highlights of Gion Matsuri Festival ritual. In Shinko-sai, Nakagoza Mikoshi, Higashigoza Mikoshi and Nishigoza Mikoshi go from Yasaka Shrine to the shrine parishioners’ district and go to Shijo Otabisho. In Kanko-sai, Nakagoza Mikoshi, Higashigoza Mikoshi and Nishigoza Mikoshi go from Shijo Otabisho to the shrine parishioners’ district and return to Yasaka Shrine via Gokusho (Matabisho).
★Matsubara-dori was formerly Gojo-oji in Heian-kyo, but the name Gojo-dori was transferred to another street when Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the Gojo Ohashi Bridge at its present location during the Aduchi Momoyama period (1573-1603). Matsubara-dori was once called Gojo Matsubara-dori because of the beautiful rows of pine trees that gave it its name. Matsubara-dori runs east to west from the front of Kiyomizu-dera Temple at the east end to Sainishi-dori at the west end.

【Yumiya-cho Bugu-kazari of Gion Matsuri remarks】
*Events may be rescheduled or cancelled. Also, the content of the event may have changed.
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