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Hana means “flower” in Japanese. Kasa means “an umbrella” but also a large straw hat, which protects from sun or rain.
In the Hanagasa Parade during the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, we can see both: large umbrellas and hats decorated with flowers. There is also a real treat for photographers and tourists – maiko – geisha apprentices all grouped together in a cart pulled by young men.
Gion Festival in Kyoto lasts for whole July, but its largest event is a procession of huge parade floats. They rise as much as 25 metres and weigh up to 12 tons.
Leading the parade is the highest float called Naginata-hoko carrying a boy in golden Phoenix-shaped crown, who is believed to be an incarnation of the deity.