On July 16, 2023, the middle day of the three-day weekend, the eve of the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri) greeted Yoiyama. With the relaxation of measures against the new coronavirus, the city of Kyoto, where the Yoiyama event was held as usual for the first time in four years, was packed with people and was filled with the heat of the festival. According to the Kyoto Prefectural Police, as of 9:30 p.m., about 340,000 people had turned out, 40,000 more than last year.

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