Sounds of the real Japan
Gion Festival Music
July 17th is the day of Kyoto's Gion Matsuri, the most important festival in Japan. This year it pours rain, but unlike Jidai Matsuri and Aoi Matsuri--the remaining two of Kyoto's Holy Trinity of Festivals--Gion is never cancelled due to weather.
For weeks leading up to the Festival, Gion's signature "kon-chiki-kon" music is piped into the shopping arcades in downtown Kyoto. In the days just prior to the seventeenth you can hear it all over town.
July 17, 2006.