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Gion Matsuri: The World’s Oldest Urban Festival

Hosted by the Consul of the Portland Urbantopia Group
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Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - 19:00

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The Gion Festival was named for Kyoto’s famed Gion entertainment district, the birthplace of Kabuki and the world of geisha. This Protected content festival in Kyoto is said to be the longest running urban festival in the world, and is perhaps Japan’s most famous. It consists of a procession of elaborately decorated floats representing all the provinces of Japan.

This exhibition will be illustrated by a virtual wall of video monitors in the configuration of Japanese folding screens, which will present the festival procession as the people of Kyoto pull these multi-ton, highly decorated wooden floats through the streets of the city. Photographs by one of Kyoto’s top photographers will grace the Pavilion and Tanabe Galleries, and the Garden’s celebration will include a troupe of Gion Bayashi festival musicians from Kyoto performing the unique festival sounds that accompany the procession of floats.

Cost: Included with Garden Admission.
Garden Admission:
Member: Free
Ticket: $16.95