Aoi Matsuri

by / on May 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) 2014 in Kyoto City.

This Years 59th Aoi Matsuri: A few days ago, I attended the annual Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in Kyoto City. I decided to go to the Shimogamo shrine as I wanted pictures without cars and busses. Found a good spot and waited for about 1 ½ hours. The Kyoto Shimbun carried an article of this years Saiō-Dai Lady (59th), she is […]

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by / on May 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM / in Aoi Matsuri, Matsuri-Festival

Yabusame shinji, Prelude to the Aoi Matsuri!

Yabusame shinji (流鏑馬神事) is a type of mounted archery in which the rider shoots at a target from a galloping horse. Arrows with a turnip-shaped head are used. There is a theory that the etymology of the word Yabusame is a contraction of yabaseume and it is thought to mean to shoot arrows on horsback. Three targets are placed along […]

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by / on June 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Jinja, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in the Old Heian Capital of Japan, Kyoto!

In the festival’s parade, ladies dressed in the ceremonial court robes and men in traditional costumes ride on ox carriages decorated with wisteria leaves (normally used by noblemen in the Heian period). There are 36 horses, 4 oxen, 2 ox carriages, 1 mikoshi ,and over 500 people forming the Imperial procession, making it one of the most elaborate and colorful […]

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