Gion Matsuri

Dance in Yamaguchi

During the Gion Matsuri, dedicated to warding off demons, the Sagi-mai (Egret Dance) is held at Yasaka-jinja on 20 July. On 24 July, Yamaguchi's streets come alive with 20m-high hand-pulled floats, 1000 dancers and food markets. On 27 July, mikoshi (portable altars) are paraded through the city to Yasaka-jinja.

Not to be confused with Kyoto, which has better-known versions of the festival and shrine with the same names, but different dates.