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Kyoto Jidai Matsuri

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 26, 2012

Having done my fair share of Tokyo festivals I spent last week in Kyoto in western Japan, to attend the annual Jidai Matsuri, or the festival of the ages (時代祭り). It is one of the big three festivals of Tokyo and it ties in with a few other amazing festivals that I didn’t have time to see, but all in all, October 22nd is a great day to be in the Kyoto area. 2000 people take part in this five hour long procession from The Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine and thousands of people line the streets to see the costumes of long gone eras, starting from 1300 years ago and moving forward to the recent past. Naturally there’s a lot of palace costumes, seeing as Kyoto was for many centuries the home of the Emperor, but there’s also a few more common costumes and quite a few soldiers, entertainers and priests represented in the parade that show us how Kyoto has changed during the different eras. Kyoto is of course famous for the fantastic museum of fashion, so if you are interested in ancient and not so ancient costumes, a couple of days spent here is probably a very good idea. It was an unseasonably warm day in Kyoto without a cloud on the sky, and since this was the first time I could attend this festival I had no idea where to stand to get the best shots except to just try and stay out of the sun. I can only imagine how the poor people in these costumes and make up must have felt! Here’s a few of the costumes, but I will show more over this and next week. Enjoy!


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  1. zoomingjapan said, on October 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Oh noes. Another festival in Kyoto that I missed?
    I really have a hard time keeping up with all of them. There are so many big ones in the area in autumn and I’m running from one to the next.
    Too bad.

    Great photos as always! 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on November 16, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Thanks! Tell me about it! Every time I go there I miss so many festivals I am afraid of even talking to people about it… they always go “if you love festivals you must see this… etc etc.” and then I feel like an idiot and a loser for not having heard of it before it is too late! (^-^;)


  2. Lissa Clouser said, on March 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Hi there! I’ve been following you for well over a year now. Quick question. I am doing a short post on the Jidai Matsuri on my blog in April. Would you allow me to post one photo from this post and one from your post on October 28th on there? Credit would be expressly given at the bottom of the post and each photo would link back to the post it originated from. Please just let me know! =)


    • tokyobling said, on March 7, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Hi! Thank you for reading my blog! Sure, you may use them as you describe! (^-^)


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