The Children of Hanagasa Junko at Gion Matsuri
I'm wrapping up my coverage of Kyoto's Gion Matsuri with three photos of very young men who participate in Hanagasa Junko on July 24. The first photo features three chigo (Celestial Children) who ride on horses during the Flower Hat Procession. The second photo focuses on a performer in the Heron Dance, which can be seen at Yasaka Shrine on July 16 at 5:00 p.m. and after Hanagasa Junko around 1:30 p.m. The third photo shows one of the many children who help to pull portable shrines during the parade. He is dressed similarly to the men who participate in Mikoshi Arai and other festival events.