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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Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Decorate anything
デコる
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Shinjuku
新宿
Asakusa
浅草
Awamori
泡盛
Mangroves
マングローブ
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Mexico
Doraemon
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Japanese sake
日本酒
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Kimono
着物
SOBA
蕎麦
URUSHI
漆芸
ODEN
おでん
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
YAYOI KUSAMA
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KYUDO
弓道