Jidai Matsuri

1. The Jidai Maturi (Festival of the Ages) is held every October at the Heian Jingu shrine. It is one of the Three Great Festivals of Kyoto.

2. A grand procession of about 2,000 people dressed as historical figures of various eras starts at the Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace) at noon and proceeds on foot for about 3 hours to the Heian Jingu, which is about 4.5 km away.

3. The procession is headed by the governor or mayor of Kyoto, followed by eight groups of people in 20-row formation representing the Meiji, Edo, Azuchi Momoyama, Muromachi, Yoshino, Kamakura, Fujiwara and Enryaku eras.

4. All furnishings, costumes and ceremonial equipment — recreated meticulously with the expert input and highest craftsmanship of Kyoto’s traditional artisans — are said to be valued at more than several billion yen (nearly US$ 100 million).

5. The way eras come and go in the procession is just like seeing a beautiful picture scroll that is definitely miyabi (“elegant” in Court language).

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Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Yakatabune
屋形船
Shiisaa
シーサー
Awamori
泡盛
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Mango
マンゴー
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Japan
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Singapore
Hakuohki
Japan
ANA
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Picks
楊枝
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
SOBA
蕎麦
TEMPURA
天婦羅
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
KENDO
剣道
KARATEDO
空手
SHODO
書道
NOH
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師