Last Yoiyama of Gion Matsuri Sakimatsuri


Yoiyama of Kyoto Gion Matsuri Sakimatsuri, a little after 7:00 p.m, photo from Takakura-Shijo to Shijo street.

I could see the Naginata-boko float in the distance, but it looked dangerous to get any closer, so I avoided them by taking a side street and left the area early.

According to news reports, there were 300,000 people at 21:30. The number used to be several times as many as this, so this year's number was much smaller. But I wonder if it is safe to gather such a large number of people.
posted by toons at 23:56 | diary


Yoiyama in Kyoto Gion Matsuri Sakimatsuri


All the floats of the Gion Matsuri Festival have been finished being constructed, and the eve festival, Yoiyama (7/14-7/16) is now upon us!


The infection of Corona Omicron strain BA.5 is spreading now, so I have been watching for the best time to see when the crowds are smaller.




posted by toons at 23:58 | diary

New update - "Hearing Analyzer Portrait" ver 4.0


"Hearing Analyzer Portrait" has been updated to ver 4.0 today!

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Recommended to check your own hearing ability on a daily basis for the audiophile, music players, sound professionals and all music lovers. Try to check if you have the golden ears!

The latest version has a new UI design and a continuous signal as a test tone.

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Hoko-tate in Kyoto Gion Matsuri


Gion Matsuri is one of the three most celebrated festivals in Kyoto, which originated in people’s attempt to halt a series of raging plagues in the 9th century.

Today, Gion Matsuri began with the building of the Hoko (festival floats)!

It was raining from noon, but it stopped raining in the evening, so I went to see how it was going.

The base parts of the big floats were being built in Naginata-hoko, Kikusui-hoko, Kanko-hoko, Tsuki-hoko and Niwatori-hoko. It will be completed in about two days.

The Niwatori-hoko was being worked on, so I observed for a while. They were working on fixing the parts using only ropes, without using nails.

# Being assembled in Niwatori-hoko

# Winding the rope around the main pole.

This year, for the first time in three years, the parade of Yamahoko-junko is scheduled to resume on July 17. However, I am quite concerned because the Coronavirus omicron BA.5 infection is beginning to spread.
posted by toons at 19:48 | diary