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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Shohekiga
障壁画
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Decorate anything
デコる
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Shrine visit
参拝
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Shiisaa
シーサー
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Italy
One Piece
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
USA
Gunbuster
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
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I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
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ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
SPACE BROTHERS
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AKIRA BIKE
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VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Department store basement
デパ地下
Cosmetics
化粧品
Japanese knives
包丁
Picks
楊枝
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE CAKES
URUSHI
漆芸
WHISKY
ウイスキー
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
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SANJA MATSURI