We went to see the Aoi Matsuri (Aoi Festival). As one of the three important festivals in Kyoto, the Aoi Matsuri is the oldest festival in Kyoto. The procession with more than 500 peoples in the costumes of Heian period (8c.-12c.) starts from the Kyoto Imperial Palace and continues on the main streets with fresh green leaves in the backgrounds to the Kamigamo Shirine by way of the Shimogamo Shrine.
Even more than two hours before the start of the procession we secured our places just inside the gate from where the procession goes out of the Imperial Garden and patiently waited watching the spectators increasing incessantly.Once the procession began we saw some happenings - a man in the costume was thrown off from his horse, another man staggered with the weight of a big parasol he held, etc...We saw a few men in the costume using their cellphone for the coordination, but the procession gave us a sense of time slip and enjoyed it.
We also visited the Imakumano Shrine, which is said to be the birthplace of the Noh play, and the Umekōji Steam Locomotive Museum near the Kyoto Aquarium.Kyoto is really a charming city!
(2015.05.20)




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Aoi Matsuri (at Kyoto Imperial Palace) - 03 The Imperial Messenger



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Aoi Matsuri (at Kyoto Imperial Palace) - 13 Saiō-dai



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Imakumano-jinja - 01

The monument of the birthplace of the Noh play



Imakumano-jinja - 02

The monument of the planting of this huge camphor behind it
by the ex-Emperor Go-Shirakawa



Imakumano-jinja - 03

A huge camphor said to be 900 years old



Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum - 01



Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum - 02



Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum - 03



Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum - 04



Kyoto Station - MIYAKOMICHI Water Art - 01



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Kyoto Station - MIYAKOMICHI Water Art - 03