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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Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Uchimizu
打ち水
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Chopsticks
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Shinjuku
新宿
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Utaki
御嶽
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Japan
Fate/Zero , BLEACH
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
USA
Gunbuster
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Cosmetics
化粧品
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Kimono
着物
ODEN
おでん
KAISEKI
懐石
RAMEN
ラーメン
RICE CAKES
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SHODO
書道
KYUDO
弓道
KARATEDO
空手
IAI
居合
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家