On July 17th, as one of the highlights of Kyoto’s Gion Festival, there was an event called Yamahoko Jyungyo (Float Parade). At this event, the 33 gigantic floats from all over the city are carried and moved by mighty man-power.
It sounds simple, but it is quite astonishing to see people working hard to move heavy objects without any sort of machines.
The kids with white make-up are called Chigo and Kamuro. These three kids are chosen from rich families living in Kyoto (because it is said that it takes a lot of money to get the role as one, especially Chigo). They have many important jobs during the one-month long Gion Festival.
Here are more pictures from the parade.
If you want to see the Float Parade next year. Be sure to reserve a hotel room as soon as possible, the main events, including this parade, are usually held in the middle of July (July 14th – 17th).
There will be more useful information in our Kyoto e-Guidebook.