Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai of Gion Matsuri (July 13th-16th, 2024)

Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai of Gion Matsuri

The information of Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai is presented here. Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai is held every year during Former Festival Yoiyama from July 14th to July 16th. However, some yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) held it from July 13th. In Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai, the kazariseki (decoration stand) is set up at the kaisho (meeting hall) in yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns), and valuable items such as the deity of Yamahoko float and the luxurious kesohin (decoration) are open to the public.

【Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai Schedule 2024 (confirmation required)】

Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai 2024 will be held from Sunday, July 14th to Tuesday, July 16th, 2024. However, the schedule varies from yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns), and some yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) will be held from Saturday, July 13th.
●Gion Matsuri Festival 2024 will start on July 1st, 2024 and end on July 31st, 2024.
Gion Matsuri Festival Schedule (July 1st-31st)

【Yamahoko Map (Former Festival) by Google Maps】

Yamaboko floats of Former Festival are Naginata Hoko, Yamabushi Yama, Hakurakuten Yama, Ashikari Yama, Kanko Hoko, Kakkyo Yama, Shijokasa Hoko, Tokusa Yama, Niwatori Hoko, Aburatenjin Yama, Moso Yama, Araretenjin Yama, Kikusui Hoko, Hosho Yama, Ayakasa Hoko, Taishi Yama, Tsuki Hoko, Hakuga Yama, Toro Yama, Urade Yama, Hoka Hoko, Iwato Yama and Fune Hoko

【Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai of Gion Matsuri brief overview】

Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai (会所飾り公開(前祭)) of Gion Matsuri Festival (祇園祭) is held every year during Former Festival Yoiyama from July 14th to July 16th. However, the schedule varies by yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns), some yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) held it from July 13th, the day before Former Festival Yoiyama. The first day starts a little later, and from the second day on, most yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) start in the morning. In Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai, the kazariseki (decoration stand) is set up at the kaisho (meeting hall) in yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns), and valuable items such as the deity of Yamahoko float and the luxurious kesohin (decoration) are open to the public.
The collection of the deity of Yamahoko float and the luxurious kesohin can be seen from a distance or not during Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade) on July 17th, but you can see it up close in Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai. 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 (Naginata Hoko, Kanko Hoko, Shijokasa Hoko, Niwatori Hoko, Kikusui Hoko, Ayakasa Hoko, Tsuki Hoko, Hoka Hoko, Iwato Yama and Fune Hoko) that have Hayashi-kata (music group).

【Yamahoko-cho (Yamahoko towns) Schedule 2023】

Dates and times are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
●Naginata Hoko : July 13th (13:00-22:00), 14th-16th (10:00-22:00)
●Kanko Hoko : July 13th (10:00-22:00), 14th-16th (9:00-23:00)
●Niwatori Hoko : July 13th-16th (9:00-21:00)
●Kikusui Hoko : July 13th (13:00-21:00), 14th (12:00-21:00), 15th (13:00-21:00), 16th (12:00~21:00)
●Tsuki Hoko : July 13th (13:00-21:00), 14th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Hoka Hoko : July 14th (13:00-22:00), 15th-16th (10:00-22:00)
●Fune Hoko : July 14th-16th (13:00-22:00)
●Iwato Yama : July 14th (13:00-21:00), 15th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Hosho Yama : July 13th (15:00-22:00), 14th-16th (9:00-22:00)
●Moso Yama : July 14th (16:00-20:00), 15th-16th (10:00-22:00)
●Urade Yama : July 13th (9:00-22:00), 14th-16th (9:00-23:00)
●Yamabushi Yama : July 14th-16th (9:00-22:00)
●Araretenjin Yama : July 14th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Kakkyo Yama : July 14th (10:00-21:00), 15th (11:00-21:00), 16th (10:00-21:00)
●Hakuga Yama : July 14th (14:00-21:00), 15th-16th (11:00-21:00)
●Ashikari Yama : July 14th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Aburatenjin Yama : July 14th (12:00-21:00), 15th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Tokusa Yama : July 14th (15:00-21:00), 15th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Taishi Yama : July 14th-15th (10:00-21:00), 16th (10:00-20:00)
●Hakurakuten Yama : July 13th (15:00-18:00), 14th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Ayakasa Hoko : July 14th-16th (10:00-22:00)
●Toro Yama : July 13th (13:00-16:00), 14th-16th (10:00-21:00)
●Shijokasa Hoko : not open to the public

★The kaisho (meeting hall) is also called “choie”, and is built on a long and narrow place that is also known as “unagi-no-nedoko (eel bed)”. There are some yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) that have a storehouse on their grounds, where the parts and the kesohin of Yamahoko float are stored. However, the situation of the kaisho (meeting hall) varies among yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns), and yamahoko-cho (yamahoko towns) such as Iwato Yama, Tokusa Yama, Ashikari Yama, Hakuga Yama, Kakkyo Yama, Araretenjin Yama ,Taishi Yama, and Moso Yama, store parts and other materials at the Gion Matsuri Yamahokokan near Yasaka Shrine. The Gion Matsuri Yamahokokan was built in 1968 and has been in use since 1970.
★The kesohin include maekake (front), dokake (side), miokuri (back), mizuhiki, etc. that decorate Yamahoko float. In Kyoto, in order to retire and preserve the kesohin with high cultural property value, subsidies are provided for new kesohin equipment projects to replace them.

【Former Festival Kaishokazari-kokai of Gion Matsuri remarks】
*Events may be rescheduled or cancelled. Also, the content of the event may have changed.
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