Maiko dressed for Gion Festival in Kyoto, Japan. The Gion Festival (祇園祭) takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. In 970, it was decreed an annual event and has since seldom been broken. It goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17 and July 24. It takes its name from Kyoto's Gion district.
Gion Matsuri (YoiyoiYama) Gion Matsuri (祇園祭), the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the grand procession of floats (Yamaboko Junko) on July 17 is particularly spectacular.