Aoi matsuri - Kyoto


Aoi Matsuri festival was held, it is one of the three biggest festivals in Kyoto.
It is the solemn festival from the Heian period. I have seen departure of the ceremony at Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace.


Aoi matsuri festival held on May 15 every year, it is the special festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine which are world heritage sites. In 1400 years ago, this festival began with praying for a rich harvest.


The parade departs in Kyoto Gyosho in the morning and takes about half a day to visit Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. I was able to see the heroine of Aoi matsuri, Saiodai just in front of my eyes.


A horse ramped right in front of me, a man of Heian clothing fell off horse. Fortunately he seems to have not been hurt.

posted by toons at 23:34 | diary