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Aoi Festival (葵祭)

 0752547650  Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku

Dating back to the Heian period and one of Kyoto's three greatest festivals, the Aoi Festival is held annually by Kamomioya Shrine (Shimogamo Shrine) and Kamowakeikazuchi Shrine (Kamigamo Shrine), two Shinto shrines still deeply influenced by dynastic traditions and customs. Originally consisting of an Imperial court ceremony, roadside ceremony, and shrine-front ceremony, today the Imperial court ceremony is omitted. Both the shrine-front ceremony and roadside ceremony are well-worth seeing. In the shrine-front ceremony, a dance performance called the Azuma-asobi is offered to the gods. In the roadside ceremony, a parade of over 500 people dressed in the spectacular traditional costumes worn by the Heian nobility travels from Kyoto Imperial Palace past Kamomioya Shrine to Kamowakeikazuchi Shrine.

Details

Duration
2018/5/15 10:30Start
Delayed if rainy
Average attendance
About80,000people
Street stall
Not available

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