Floats parade in Gion Festival in Kyoto
NHK -- Jul 17
Spectators, including many tourists, enjoyed a parade of colorfully decorated floats at the annual Gion Festival in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday.

A total of 23 floats were paraded through the city. It's a highlight of the month-long summer festival.

The procession began when a child wearing an ancient costume and riding on the lead float cut a sacred rope.

Spectators applauded when the floats had to make right-angle turns. Groups of residents pulling the floats laid bamboo under the wheels to slide and turn them around.

About 222,000 people gathered along the route to see the procession.

京都・祇園祭のクライマックス、前祭の山鉾(やまほこ)巡行が始まり、きらびやかな飾りをつけた山と鉾が都大路を練り歩きました。

News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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