Even the sweltering summer heat can't keep the crowds from Kyoto's annual Gion Festival, as some 50,000 revelers packed the streets on July 15, 20,000 more than last year.
Even with the daytime high hitting 34.8 degrees, the highest this summer, many yukata-clad partyers descended on the Hoko-cho area, where Komagata-chochin lanterns were lit and Gion-bayashi festival music was being played.
The occasion marked Yoiyoiyama, or the evening two days before the Yamahoko Junko, when the grand procession of “yamahoko” floats are pulled through the streets.
The Yamahoko Junko, the highlight of the month-long festival, starts at 9 a.m. on July 17.
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