Shrine at the Gion Festival

Title

Shrine at the Gion Festival

Creator

Toshijirō INAGAKI
Japanese, 1902–1963

Description

This image reflects Inagaki’s investment in the artistic and cultural traditions of Kyoto. The Gion Festival is a symbol of Kyoto’s 1,200 years history. During that time, Kyoto suffered from many bad omens, including epidemics, floods, fires and earthquakes. The festivals were a plea for protection from the angry spirits. The first festival was held in the early Heian period (794–1185) to stop the devastating plagues. This festival became a way for craft guilds and merchant families to compete in showing off their wealth and taste.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Gift of Alan A. and Barbara Nicoll

Identifier

2005.28

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Woodblock print; 10-5/8 x 13-5/8 in. (26.8 x 34.5 cm)