Byoubu-matsuri of Gion Matsuri (July 14th-16th, 2024)

Byoubu-matsuri of Gion Matsuri

The information of Byoubu-matsuri is presented here. Byoubu-matsuri is held every year from July 14th to July 16th. However, the dates may vary. In Byoubu-matsuri, old houses and long-established shops in yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) display byoubu (folding screens), calligraphy, furniture, arts and crafts, and other precious heirlooms, and then remove the lattices of the houses, etc., to show them to passers-by who enjoy Former Festival Yoiyama.

【Byoubu-matsuri Schedule 2024 (confirmation required)】

Byoubu-matsuri 2024 will be held from Sunday, July 14th to Tuesday, July 16th 2024. However, the dates may vary.
●Gion Matsuri Festival 2024 will start on July 1st, 2024 and end on July 31st, 2024.
Gion Matsuri Festival Schedule (July 1st-31st)

【Byoubu-matsuri map & access】

Address: Shimogyo-ku and Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access (How to get there): Subway Shijo Station, Hankyu Karasuma Station

【Byoubu-matsuri of Gion Matsuri brief overview】

Byoubu-matsuri (祇園祭屏風祭(前祭)) of Gion Matsuri Festival (祇園祭) is held every year from July 14th to July 16th during Former Festival Yoiyama period. In Byoubu-matsuri, old houses and long-established shops in yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) display byoubu (folding screens), shoga (calligraphy), furniture, arts and crafts, and other precious heirlooms, and then remove the lattices of the houses, etc., to show them to passersby enjoying Former Festival Yoiyama. It is said that the origin of Byoubu-matsuri comes from the fact that old houses and long-established shops used to display Byoubu (folding screens). By the way, Byoubu-matsuri is also said to be a walking museum, while Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade) is said to be a moving museum. There is a fee for this service and it is subject to change or cancellation. (Confirmation required) In addition, during Former Festival Yoiyama, you can walk around yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) and buy chimaki and collect the red seal (Goshuin stamp). By the way, you can also enjoy Gion-bayashi (Gion Matsuri music) that is played in the evenings at Yamahoko floats that have Hayashi-kata (music group).

Hachiku-an (former Kawasaki family residence) : near Hachiman Yama (340 Sanjo-cho, Nakagyo-ku)
Kondaya Genbei : near Kuronushi Yama (487 Eboshiya-cho, Nakagyo-ku)
Chiso : near Kuronushi Yama (80 Mikura-cho, Nakagyo-ku)
Fujii Shibori : near Kitakannon Yama (365 Rokkaku-cho, Nakagyo-ku)
Hiraoka Hataseizo : near Kakkyo Yama (18 Kakkyoyama-cho, Shimogyo-ku)
Sugimoto family residence : near Hakuga Yama (116 Yada-cho, Shimogyo-ku)
Kyoto Yokoyama Shoten : near Ashikari Yama (Nishinotoin Ayanokoji corner, Shimogyo-ku)
●Aoki family residence : near Ashikari Yama (Ayanokoji-dori Nishinotoin Nishi-iru, Shimogyo-ku)
Nagae family residence Fukuro-ya : near Funa Hoko (394 Funahoko-cho, Shimogyo-ku)
●Mori family residence : near Tokusa Yama (Nishinotoin Bukkoji Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku)

★Byoubu-matsuri is said to have been held since the Edo period (1603-1868) and to have become established during the Meiji period (1868-1912). However, it is said to be less common today than in the past. It is said that Uemura Shoen (1875-1949), a female painter from Kyoto and the first female recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit, went to Byoubu-matsuri and repeatedly copied the paintings in her Shukuzu-cho (miniature drawing book), thereby honing her skills.
★Byoubu (folding screen) is a piece of furniture with a wooden frame framework covered with paper or cloth. Byoubu is a long and narrow panel of one i-sen connected with leather straps, and the general format is iso-rokyaku (six i-sen). Byoubu on the right side is called “u-so”, Byoubu on the left side is called “sa-so”, and dai-i-sen (first sen), dai-ni-sen (second sen), dai-san-sen (third sen), dai-yon-sen (fourth sen), dai-go-sen (fifth sen), and dai-roku-sen (sixth sen) are counted from the right side. Byoubu was used in Kan (China), and according to the oldest official history of Japan “Nihon-Shoki (completed in 720 )”, it is written that a folding screen was presented by Shiragi (Korea) in 686.

【Byoubu-matsuri of Gion Matsuri remarks】
*Events may be rescheduled or cancelled. Also, the content of the event may have changed.
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