At the Gion Festival in Kyoto
In our hometown, Kyoto, the Gion Festival is held every year during the entire month of July. Culminating in an elaborate parade that finishes at the Yasaka Shrine in the eastern mountains, this is one of the longest running, most famous festivals in all of Japan.
In addition to seeing the elaborate Yamaboko floats, we love this festival for the sights of throngs of people wearing yukata summer clothes, the stalls selling all sorts of Japanese street food, and the sounds of traditional festival songs floating through the humid summer sky.
Ippodo Original Tea Flask
As tea fans, we love to bring some tea with us whatever the occasion in the summer. This Gion Festival, we are packing some iced tea in our tea flasks to stay refreshed (and to pair with tasty yakisoba and other street foods).