The Jidaimatsuri (Festival of the Ages) began in 1895 as an event to celebrate the foundation of Heian-jingu Shrine and commemorate 1100th anniversary of peaceful transfer of national capital to Heian-kyo (Kyoto) 1100 anniversary.
Now, it is counted as one of the Kyoto’s three grand festivals with the Gion festival and the Aoi Festival.
The special feature of Jidaimatsuri Festival is that the customs of each era procession is performed. More than 12,000 amounts of the selection of the best essence of the folkcraft technology like the furnitures, costumes, ceremonial implements which Kyoto cultivated as the capital and was restored to the original state precise time historical investigation, is very impressive.
20 rows and the procession which amounts to 2000 persons, including two cows, approximately 70 of horses, cow carriages and the Imperial carriage, develop the masterpiece of illustrated scroll between 2 km of total extensions. It takes about two hours from beginning to end to see all of this festival.
At first it is the kimono of the woman line draw attentions.
Also especially in it, there is the woman who wearing several layers of clothing at the same time of itsutsu-ginu (5-layer garment), mo (long pleated skirts), karaginu (a waist length Chinese style jacket). It is so-called Junihitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial kimono).
Samurai’s protector also deserves attention. It is from the standard “armor” figure of Masashige Kusunoki of the period of the Northern and Southern Courts to “simple Japanese armor” in the days of Nobunaga Oda of the Azuchimomoyama era.
There is a paid seat in Kyoutogyoen, the Oike-dori Street or the Jingumichi road but, etc., but of course you can see it even from the general roadside. Recommendation place is from Higashioji-dori Street of the Sanjo-dori Street to the Jingumichi road. The width of the sidewalk of this neighborhood is comparatively wide, and it is easy to see.
|Name:||Jidaimatsuri (Festival of the Ages)|
|Address:||Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881 Japan|
|Access:||Departure point (Kyoto Imperial Palace)
Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma-sen Line “Maruta-machi-eki” station (4 minutes walk)
|Tel:||(+81)75-761-0221 (Heian Jingu Shrine)|