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The results of a nifty piece of historical sleuthing are on display in Kyoto through July 18 in an exhibition timed to coincide with the city’s renowned Gion Festival.

Visitors to that famed festival in years past will remember that each of the majestic, multistoried yama floats in the monthlong festival’s climactic parade (held each year on July 17) is adorned with an intricate tapestry.

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