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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Uchimizu
打ち水
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Chopsticks
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Monja
もんじゃ
Shiisaa
シーサー
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Russia
Magic Knight Rayearth
Japan
Hakuohki
Japan
(Original)
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Picks
楊枝
Metal tableware
金属食器
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Daruma
達磨
URUSHI
漆芸
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
SUSHI
寿司
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TABAIMO
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
KYUDO
弓道
KENDO
剣道