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Photo Journal: Gion glow

Visitors admire a display of decorated floats on the eve of the Saki Festival parade -- part of the renowned Gion Matsuri festival -- in Kyoto's Shimogyo Ward, on July 16, 2017. With the display falling on the second day of a three-day weekend, hundreds of thousands of people were drawn to the event, with the number of visitors reaching 320,000 people (as of 11 p.m.), according to Kyoto Prefectural Police. Earlier in the day, the temperature reached a high of 35.2 degrees Celsius in Kyoto, but a later downpour cooled the evening air. The Gion Matsuri will continue until July 31. (Mainichi)

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