This traditional summer festival dates back to the Edo period. Festival floats from each neighborhood, including one built in 1839, are paraded around town to the sounds of lively music from taiko drums and flutes. On the 26th there is also a special performance called the Shiika Dance that takes place in front of Yasaka Shrine. Wearing animal masks, the ten dancers pray for a good harvest, health, and divine protection for the town. The highlight of this dance is when a huge pole is erected with thick ropes, and the dancer wearing the monkey mask performs gymnastics at the top, sure to take your breath away.
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