song: sakura sakura (rin)
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Every year during this particular time of the year, I will be anticipating for this FREE SEATS promo trying to get the best deal for our upcoming vacation plan.
Ever since AirAsia had launched their FREE SEATS promo, planning for a vacation to our dream destination is no longer impossible.
Japan has always been on the very top in my travel destinations lists!
Since young, I've always into Japanese anime, drama and their martial arts. Not to mention that I also had a collection of kimono's that I've imported them from Kyoto.
I had always wanted to visit Kyoto's Gion Matsuri. Perhaps it is because I've always find Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture and Kyoto has most of their history, tradition and heritage preserved in that city ranges from Samurai, Geisha, Japanese sports, and Japanese theatre.
Gion Matsuri is one of the largest and most historical festivals in Japan. Back then, Kyoto has suffered on many occasions from all kinds of bad omens, including epidemics, floods, fires, and earthquakes. To keep the spirits from being angry, special protective or goryo-e festivals have been held in Kyoto since ancient times. The first Gion Matsuri, one of Japan's oldest goryo-e festivals, was held in the early Heian period (794-1185) to stop a series of devastating plagues.
Gion Matsuri will be held for the entire month of July.
The streets of Gion are reserved for pedestrian traffic for the three days July 14-16 leading up to the parade. Vendors offer festival snacks and games on the streets during these days. Many people attend dressed in traditional yukata. Therefore, if you attend, it is a must to be in yukata too as it will make you feel like you are one of the festivities. :D
Ornate, portable shrines and floats called mikoshi are paraded down the streets, widely described as "mobile art museums". Children adorned in traditional make up and musicians playing various instruments sit atop these floats and entertain the joy-filled audience below. It would definitely be fun to participate in carrying their mikoshi portable shrines.
Beside, Gion Matsuri was also the best event to see Geisha, Maiko and Tayu on the streets. Not to mention, we are also able to experience Kyoto's exotic tradition by dressing up as one too!
Therefore, it is a must to try out dressing as one and walk down the street of Kyoto in their elegant kimono. Of course, guys can also have the experience dressing up as samurais instead of maikos. ;) The atmosphere will definitely brings your soul back to the Heian period.
You were also be able to experience their illuminated Yamahokos during the night. A sight that must not be missed!
Traditional Theatre Performance Dedication of Kabuki, Kyogen, harp, dance and swords play will be performed on the stage in the center of Yasaka Shrine. Gosh, this would be one amazing experience for me to watch their kabuki performance that I've been longing for.
Of course not to forget that you were also able to experience and try their local authentic Japanese street food at their Yatai (night stalls). Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Grilled Ika and many more!
There are so many fantastic festivals in this world and each of them has their own story. The story that carry their history and culture about their people and their spirit.
If any of you are planning a trip to Kyoto, do make sure that Gion Matsuri is in your itinerary for your 2016 summer. This is a festival that we would not be able to enjoy them here. Since currently AirAsia is having their FREE SEATS promo, there is no excuse saying that you can't afford to travel to Kyoto anymore :P
Why don't you just join in this festival and have fun!
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