Gion Festival marks 1,150 years in Kyoto

MOVING MUSEUMS: Twenty-three Yamahoko floats, known as "moving museums" because of their elaborate decorations, paraded through central Kyoto, Japan, on Wednesday as a highlight of the annual Gion Festival, one of the three most famous festivals in the nation. This year marked the 1,150th anniversary of the festival, which was started to pray for the city to be protected from plague in the Heian period (from 794 to the late 12th century). Japan News-Yomiuri Shimbun