iPhone App "Gion Matsuri 2011"
(Japanese language version, English language version)
Provider / Information Technology Kansai Cooperative
The Gion Matsuri has a history of more than 1100 years and is one of Japan’s most famous festivals. The festival is held for one month, but the highlights are the yoiyama from July 14th to 16th, where the streets are lined with food stalls and pedestrian traffic, and the parade of floats known as Yamaboko Junkō on the 17th. This convenient iPhone app was created to help attendees enjoy these events.
While in the hokomachi, an area of Kyoto where each neighborhood has a yamaboko (traditionally decorated parade float), if you hold your iPhone’s camera at eye level and face any direction a picture of that area’s yamaboko will appear. If you tap the picture you can view detailed information about the float, and if you hold the phone flat in your hand a map and compass will appear to guide you toward that area.
The order of the line-up of floats was decided on July 2nd, so during the parade you can read information about each float as it passes.
Yoiyama AR (Augmented Reality)
This is an AR app that suspends a picture of a yamaboko (traditionally decorated parade float) over your camera’s image. You can use it in the actual area in GSP mode, or from a remote area using the fixed-position mode.
By tapping the picture on the AR screen, you will be brought to a detailed information screen.
By holding the iPhone at eye-level you can view the AR screen, and when held horizontally the screen changes to the map screen with a working compass and an option to switch to an aerial photograph. You can reach the detailed information screen from the map screen as well.
In fixed-position mode you can choose a landmark or a station exit from the list and then view the information from any location on the map.
Introducing the Yamaboko
From the yamaboko name index, you can view a page with each float’s pictures, explanatory notes, address and map, and other information. The order of the floats is according to the official ranking ceremony held on July 2nd.
About the Gion Matsuri
Here you can find information about the history of the festival, the schedule, main events and highlights, chimaki talismans, protective amulets, and more.
Gion Matsuri News (The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper)
This is a link to the latest Gion Matsuri news provided by The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper.
There are settings for the range of the AR screen, current location, fixed-location settings, and language (Japanese and English).
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