JULY IN JAPAN . . .
. . . showcases many colorful festivals all up and down the country, although most of the place is still putting up with the rainy season. School is still out, so there is a lot of family travel, meaning lots of crowds at the most popular events and places. Still, the landscape is brilliant and lush, and the many cultural events make July quite a good time to visit.
Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto
Gion Matsuri is perhaps Japan’s best-known festival, and possibly the largest as well. It has a long history (dating back to the year 869) and lasts the entire month of July, culminating in a parade of floats — the Yamaboko Junko — on July 17th.
Although there are festival-related events throughout the month, the main festivities occur on the day of the Yamaboko Junko (July 17th) and on the three evenings before (known as the yoiyama evenings).
Yamaboko refers to the two types of floats: the smaller yama floats and the massive hoko floats. Hoko floats can be up to several stories (around 25 meters) in height, and can weigh as much as 12 tons carrying festival participants. The festival floats are elaborately decorated with gorgeous tapestries and paper lanterns, and hoko floats require around 40 people to pull them through the streets.
Much more information on July’s festivals HERE.
Featured Reviews For July
No particular theme, just a few high-scorers that seemed particularly quirky!
1) Aria The Animation – 89%
2) Le Portrait de Petit Cossette – 85%
3) Seraphim Call – 86%
4) Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann – 93%
5) Revolutionary Girl Utena – 87.3%
Don’t miss our new special sections:
Anime Academy Annex: Student Lounge presenting a number of Anime Music Videos (AMVs) for some light entertainment.
“Famous Foods of Anime”, for a look at some Japanese cuisine often seen in anime.
Special Features is a section for anime-related material which may not be anime but is related in some way to make it of interest to the anime fan. It currently looks at the recent movie Shin Godzilla, directed by Hideaki Anno, and a Toei Studios production, H.P. Lovecraft’s Dunwich Horror. This latter is closer to puppetry than anything, and provides a chilling presentation of three of American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s works.
Don’t miss our new reviews of a classic series, Space Runaway Ideon, and the double-feature movies, Ideon: A Contact and Ideon: Be Invoked. Ideon is old fashioned giant transforming mecha material from the creator of Gundam, and has been credited by Hideaki Anno as an inspiration for his own Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ideon really is a must-see for NGE fans!
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