2018/07/17

Yamahoko-junko - Gion Matsuri 1st festival 2018

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”Yamaboko-junko” was held and 23 floats parades passed.
The temperature in Kyoto city rose to nearly 39 degrees Celsius. Because of too much heat, the spectators seemed less than usual.

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This is a parade scenery of "Hosho-yama".
This float depicts the story of Fujiwara Yasumasa (Hosho is another way to read his name in Japanese), an 11th century Japanese warrior. He loved a court lady, who entreated him to get some plum blossoms, which were blooming at the Imperial palace. This float is, therefore, worshiped as the God of love, and on the festival eve, people can get a special talisman for a happy marriage in front of this float.

posted by toons at 20:56 | diary

2018/07/16

Yoiyama - Gion Matsuri 1st festival 2018

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I went to the night festival, Yoiyama of Gion Matsuri. At this night, Shijō treet and Karasuma street was a pedestrian road, so it was crowded with a lot of people. It seems there were about 240,000 visitors.

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posted by toons at 22:53 | diary

2018/07/14

Naginataboko - Gion matsuri 1st festival 2018

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I went to see the inside of "Naginataboko".

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There is a preservation place for "Naginataboko" in the prime location of Shijo Karasuma. It is a building that is open only during this period of the Gion festival, and the first floor can store its timber materials.

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On the 2nd floor of the building, a wooden bridge is handed over to the window side and we can board "Naginataboko". I was just playing the accompaniment. I tried boarded to "Naginataboko", but inside was a very narrow space.

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Many things related to the Gion Festival were displayed on the second floor.

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posted by toons at 18:55 | diary

2018/07/12

Hikizome - Gion Matsuri 1st festival 2018

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In the afternoon, it seems that the construction of each Hoko is almost perfect and it was just testing the towing.

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Naginataboko also had a start from 15:30.
The main staff was an elementary school student in the neighborhood, and the general public also participated. For this reason, Shijo street was completely closed to traffic.

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On the way back, I grabbed the rope of Naginataboko firmly and joined to pull back.

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posted by toons at 23:02 | diary

Hokotate - Gion Matsuri 1st festival 2018

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I took a walk to Shijo Karasuma neighborhood, and I saw the situation of Yamaboko building of Gion Matsuri festival.

Assembly work starting from 7/10 seems to be going well, and it is assembled today and gorgeous decoration is given.

Naginataboko:
It is the main float of Gion matsuri festival. Although the wheels are still not attached, the roof was attached to the turret and the framework was completed.

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Kankoboko:

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Tukihoko:

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Hokaboko: 
The work was so late, and it was only in the state of the base part that the main pillar was not attached yet.

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posted by toons at 23:00 | diary

2018/07/10

Gion Matsuri festival 2018 - Kyoto

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Gion Matsuri festival, which started on July 1st, is preparing for the festival steadily. Assembly of the festival's floatplane "Yamahoko" began.

posted by toons at 12:28 | diary

2018/07/02

New updtaed - "Vocalise Scope" ver 4.1.

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"Vocalise Scope" was updated to ver 4.1.

"Vocalise Scope" is a new diagnostic vocal pitch-visualizer for iPhone.

It can display your vocal pitch in real-time. It will assist you visually for training your a cappella vocals and practice of Passaggio. Please be exploited to improve the ability for your singing.

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On sing a song, what do you recognize your pitch on scales? Working on scales is an important part of learning how to control your vocal, developing your voice and keeping your voice in good shape.

This app can perform two methods of sound analysis for vocal pitch estimation, "Sonagram" on the piano scale and "Vocal-score" in the staff notation. It includes the sound recording function for sound analysis.

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Please to click the following link to show "Vocalise Scope" from App StoreTM. It will be open our product page on App StoreTM.

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posted by toons at 23:34 | News

2018/07/01

Nagoshi-harae - Kyoto

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Yesterday, June 30th was the day of "Nagoshi-harae".

I went to "Kandaijin Jinja" shine, and prayed passing through "Chinowa" hoop made of kaya grass decorated in front of the shrine.

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It is a event to pray for the next six months to be free from disease.

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posted by toons at 23:05 | diary

2018/06/27

"Sato Nishiki" cherry - Yamagata

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"Sato Nishiki" cherry arrived directly from Yamagata orchard.

I am very thankful to my friends who send this fruits in this season every year.

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It was an exquisite balance of moderate sourness and sweetness, it was a very elegant sweetness.

I can understand the reason that this "Sato Nishiki" is called "King of Cherries" or "Red Ruby".


posted by toons at 07:10 | diary

2018/06/07

"Gakuajisai" - Shirakawa in Kyoto

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The rainy season started in Kyoto yesterday.

"Gakuajisai", a kind of hydrangea is beginning to bloom. I found it while walking along the Shirakawa river.

This flower is Japanese origin and the original species of hydrangea.
posted by toons at 23:57 | diary