The rainy season is over. We are in midsummer here, and summer festivals are held throughout the country.
The most famous summer festival is the Kyoto Gion Festival, which is one of the three largest festivals in Japan.
I want to show you pictures that I found a blog post about the Gion Festival.
Please look at this picture first…
This is one of the highlights of the festival, Yamahoko-junko parade.
Let’s look at the float closely…
Isn’t it a western picture!?
It was made in Belgium, and depicted the parting of prince Troy and his wife and children.
I have no idea why the western material is in a Japanese traditional festival (bitter simile).
I mean it is not bad, I just don’t see any connection between the festival and prince Troy LOL.
Since the picture was weird, I shared it with you (^_^)
Source: Daily Portal Z
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O.O did you manage to find out the idea behind it?
> Natsume 1990: I found the story behind it on the official website for the festival. It says the Belgian tapestry was made in 16-century and brought to Japan 400 years ago, where it was cut by carpenters to decorate the float. Since it is very valuable art piece, sometimes called “movable museum.”
oh! I see! I never heard of a story like that before! I was surprised when I read about it!