JAPAN GLIMPSE A FADING CULTURAL ICON IN KYOTOS GION NEIGHBORHOOD If Japan has a face, its to be found in this small district directly adjacent to Yasaka Shrine, for its here that the geisha—or geiko, as theyre known in Kyoto—live and work.
Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located in the city center around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. This is where you're likely to see a real life Geisha heading to work. #travel
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The Gion Festival (祇園祭) takes place annually in Kyoto, Japan, and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It spans the entire month of July. This festival originated as part of a purification ritual (goryo-e) to appease the gods thought to cause fire, floods and earthquakes. This practice was repeated wherever an outbreak occurred, and in 970 it was decreed an annual event and has since seldom been broken.