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Cool Japan / Festvals of Japan / Kyoto attracts tourists with atmosphere of ancient capital


(The parade of Aoi Festival left the former imperial palace on May 15, 2011.)

Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, attracts tourists from all over the world. Most of them come to Kyoto to seek an ancient atmosphere of Japan. Of course, you can enjoy it throughout the year in Kyoto. First and foremost is the annual Aoi Festival, one of the nation's most elegant events.
With a history of more than 1,000 years, it is renowned for its parade featuring an imperial palanquin called a 'yoyo' and 600-odd participants dressed in the attire of nobles from the Heian Period (794-1185), when Kyoto was home to the imperial court. The parade starts at the former imperial palace and proceeds via two major shrines, Shimogamojinja and Kamigamojinja.
The parade of Aoi Festival left the former imperial palace on May 15, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
(The parade of Aoi Festival arrived at Shimogamojinja shrine on May 15, 2011.)

The parade of Aoi Festival left the former imperial palace on May 15, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
("Saio-dai", the heroine of Aoi Festival rode on a palanquin on May 15, 2011.)

New Year's events rarely seen in such a traditional atmosphere outside Kyoto include karuta hajime, literally the first card game of the year. It features traditional hyakunin isshu, where players dressed in costumes of Heian nobility vie to be the first to find a card bearing corresponding verses that are read out. This also takes place at Yasakajinja shrine.
The parade of Aoi Festival left the former imperial palace on May 15, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
(Karuta Hajime at Yasakajinja shrine on Jan. 3, 2012)

Another Kyoto fixture is the game of kemari, which involves kicking a ball into the air and trying to keep it from hitting the ground. That, too, was a sport of noblemen in centuries past.

Held at Shimogamojinja shrine, the event always attracts a crowd.
The parade of Aoi Festival left the former imperial palace on May 15, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
(The game of "kemari" at Shimogamojinja shrine on Jan. 4, 2012)

By TS on Apr 25, 2012
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