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Cool Japan / Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Leaf Crest Festival)


Tomorrow is the day of Aoi Matsuri, in Kyoto.
Date: May 15th
Places: Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Kamigamo-jinja Shrine
Kyoto Imperial Palace: Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
Shimogamo-jinja Shrine: Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
Kamigamo-jinja Shrine: Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto City

Some 500 people wearing splendid ancient costumes and traditional make-up parade through the main streets of Kyoto. This festival came to be called Aoi Matsuri because aoi (hollyhock) leaves are used as ornaments not only on the people's costumes, but even on cows and horses.

This festival reproduces the procession of officials delivering the Emperor's message and offerings to the two shrines of Shimogamo and Kamigamo. In this light, the most important position held in the parade is the messenger on horseback wearing a gold sword at his side, who is followed by a train of attendants. The highlight of the procession is the parade of women accompanying the proxy of the imperial princess serving the deities. The role of this heroine is selected from among all unmarried women living in Kyoto. She must dress in the formal style of the imperial court, in other words, 12 layers of kimono, weighing 30 kg in total.
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a24_fes_aoi.html

By TS on May 14, 2012
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