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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Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Tea master
茶道家
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Karaoke
カラオケ
Food model
食品模型
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Monja
もんじゃ
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
International Avenue
国際通り
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Public market
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Taketomi Island
竹富島
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Germany
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Thailand
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波佐見焼
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