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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打ち水
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Food model
食品模型
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Shinjuku
新宿
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Shiisaa
シーサー
Public market
公設市場
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Hong Kong
BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
VOCALOID
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VOCALOID
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Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
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VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
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OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
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デパ地下
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楊枝
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
ODEN
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SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
SUSHI
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SOBA
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YAYOI KUSAMA
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
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NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
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NEBUTA MATSURI
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剣道
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