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Published on Jul 13, 2016
京都 祇園祭 長刀鉾のお囃子
According to the traditional regulations of the Gion Festival, this float leads the procession of thirty-two floats every year, in spite of the fact that the order of march for the other floats is determined by lots drawn officially by the Mayor of Kyoto in advance. The word “Naginata” means halberd in Japanese, and a symbolic halberd is locasted on its summit. This float is said to have the power to exorcise the evil spirits which cause epidemics due to the operation of this halberd. This is also the only float in which a live child rides. This child is chosen specially every year from among many traditional families in Kyoto to represent the Shinto Deities.