Gojo-Zaka Toki Matsuri
Toki Matsuri (Gojozaka Ceramic Festival) is a pottery market held August 7th - 10th every year all through the Gojo-Zaka section of Kyoto. As might be expected from its designation as a “festival” rather than a "market", however, it is one of the biggest ceramic festivals in all of Japan.
Bustling with no fewer than 400 stalls, it is well-known by many as an important Kyoto summer tradition. This area (between Yamato-Oji Dori and Higashi-Oji Dori off Gojo Dori) is known as the birthplace of "Kiyomizu-yaki"(Kiyomizu Pottery) and is lined with a large number of pottery and porcelain shops even today. Hundreds of thousands will visit over the course of the event, looking for their favorite goods and visiting stalls while enjoying the festive atmosphere.
We came to the Toki Matsuri.
Here, near the exit of Kiyomizu-Gojo station of the Keihan railway, is the western tip of the Toki Matsuri. Now let’s start!
We walked to the east.
Food carts selling “Kakigori”(shaved ice) and sweets are set up at the beginning to liven up the festive atmosphere.
After walking a little while, we pass Yamatooji-dori street, where there is a stone marker saying “Ahead lies Gojo-Zaka.” Beyond this point there are rows of stalls selling pottery.
Of course, there is a lot of Japanese-style pottery. Many of of the items are decorated with plant designs. I like the calm atmosphere.
I noticed that everyone was carrying the same kind of fan. The event staff were handing out fan on the road.
This is Wakamiyahachimangusha shrine, located on Gojo-dori street. Also known as Toki-jinja shrine(Ceramic shrine), in enshrines “Tososhin”(God of ceramic). Simply put, it is a shrine dedicated to the god of pottery.