Today is the grande finale of the lovely Yoshiwara Gion Matsuri in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Fuji City. On the final day the main omikoshi of the local shrine will be handed over from neighborhood to neighborhood and afterwards the dashi parade starts up on the Yoshiwara main street as the different neighborhoods does their best to outperform the other’s in a friendly battle!
If you are in Shizuoka Prefecture today there really is no excuse to miss this once in a year event!
The Yoshiwara Gion festival is one of the biggest annual festivals in the city of Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture to the west of Tokyo. It kicks of tomorrow Saturday with the grande finale on Sunday when the streets will absolutely packed with both locals and tourists. One of the thins I love about this festival is that is essentially dominated by kids and younger people to a degree you don’t see in the bigger cities like Tokyo. Here are some of the photos I took of kids in full on festival mode during a an hour or so on the Sunday evening of last year’s Gionsai.
If you are in Shizuoka over the weekend or in Tokyo and don’t mind the hour and a half train ride, I can really recommend this festival!
This weekend there’s as usual for the Japanese summer a whole slew of great festivals to visit. One of my favorites is the Yoshiwara Gionsai, or the Yoshiwara Gion Matsuri in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture an hour and a half on the train west of Tokyo. Fuji City and the Yoshiwara neighborhood is famous industries and manufacturing, hence the festival is quite lively, very down to earth and there’s plenty of kids and youngsters making this festival their own. I think it is partly this energy that makes it so much fun. There’s usually quite a few tourists from Shizuoka coming over to visit but not so many from Tokyo or Nagoya.