Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gion Matsuri Yoiyama Tapestry

Some final images from Yoiyama, the image on the left is a rather large tapestry that has Koi painted on it - two fish are added for every year the matusri has been held; and since the matsuri (in its present form) has been ongoing with few exceptions for around 480 years that is a lot of fish. Speaking of fish, the last image is a traditional game of scooping goldfish and the middle image is of an enthusiastic fellow portraying an Oni (鬼) or a creature from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demon, devil, ogre or troll.

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