On the night of July 10, 2023, a Shinto ritual called "Mikoshi Arai" was held at Shijo Ohashi Bridge in Kyoto City to purify the mikoshi (portable shrine) of the Gion Festival with water from the Kamogawa River. Due to the effects of the new coronavirus, it was the first time in four years that the event was held on the Shijo Ohashi Bridge, and it was filled with enthusiasm among the bearers.

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