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Photo Journal: Time-honored tradition

(Mainichi)

Craftsmen at the Okugawa Chochinten paper lantern shop in Kyoto's Shimogyo Ward are buried under lanterns on July 7, 2017, as they make the final push to prepare for the famed summer Kyoto Gion Festival . Seven employees work relentlessly, preparing the roughly 3,500 red and white lanterns for the "Sakimatsuri" (first festival), and the "Atomatsuri" (later festival). From constructing the frames to painting the name of the "yamaboko" floats on the exterior, all of the work is done by hand. This year, they received an order for lanterns for the "Toro Yama " float, with one lantern standing out in the foreground. The Sakimatsuri's "hokotate," where the floats are constructed, begins on July 10. The yamaboko parade through central Kyoto will be on July 17 for the Sakimatsuri, and on July 24 for the Atomatsuri. (Mainichi)

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