The Gion Festival, one of Japan's three major festivals, kicked off on July 1, 2024. At Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, the ''Chigo'' of the Naginata-hoko, who leads the Yamahoko procession (July 17) of the Sakimatsuri (first festival), participated in the "Osendo Ceremony" and prayed for the safety of the festival.

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