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2016年8月8日

GOJOZAKA POTTERY FESTIVAL

Gojozaka Pottery Festival is one of the popular summer traditions in Kyoto. More than 400 vendors set up booths around Gojozaka, the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki porcelain.
The festival dates back to 1920, originated as a ceramics market held during Rokudo-Mairi, an annual tradition of visiting Rokudouchinnou-ji Temple to welcome ancestors’ spirits. At the market, dead stock luxury products were sold for bargain prices to temple visitors. The Gojozaka Pottery Festival, along withRokudo-Mairi, has become an icon of Kyoto’s Bon season which ends with Okuribi or Daimonji, massive bonfires to send off ancestors’ spirits.
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The festival venue is surrounded by Kyoto’s many landmarks. Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto National Museum,Gion, and Rokudouchinnou-ji are within walking distance.
It is one of the largest ceramics festivals in Japan, attracting about 400,000 pottery lovers from all over the country. The festival gives you a great opportunity to experience Kyoto’s history, as well as to find one-of-a-kind pottery items.
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The festival will take place August 7-10, 2016, from 9:00 to around 22:00 daily.