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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Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Character bento
キャラ弁
Shrine visit
参拝
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Asakusa
浅草
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Monja
もんじゃ
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
International Avenue
国際通り
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Japan
Kinnikuman
Japan
ANA
Italy
Sengoku Muso
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Department store basement
デパ地下
Daruma
達磨
Picks
楊枝
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
WASABI
山葵
ODEN
おでん
WHISKY
ウイスキー
KAISEKI
懐石
TAKU OBATA
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI