Aoi-Matsuri

The Aoi Matsuri, or "Hollyhock Festival," is one of the three main annual festivals held in Kyoto, Japan, the other two being the Festival of the Ages (Jidai Matsuri) and the Gion Festival. It is a festival of the two Kamo shrines in the north of the city, Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The festival may also be referred to as the Kamo Festival. It is held on 15 May of each year. (source: Wikipedia)
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Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan.  Heian era costume.   The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately 1,400 years.

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto. The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately years. These men and women are dressed in heian era clothing.

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan.  Heian era costume.   The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately 1,400 years.

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan. Kariginu kimono The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately years.

Children at the Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival), Imperial Palace, Kyoto.  The main attraction is a procession through the Imperial Palace to the Kamo Shrines in the style of the Heian Period.

Children at the Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival), Imperial Palace, Kyoto. The main attraction is a procession through the Imperial Palace to the Kamo Shrines in the style of the Heian Period.

Kyoto’s Aoi Matsuri Festival, Japan, by Jeffrey Friedl

Hollyhock festival Kyoto’s Aoi Matsuri Festival, Japan, by Jeffrey Friedl

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan.  Heian era costume.   The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately 1,400 years.

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan. The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately years.

Court ladies dressed in the ceremonial robes of the ancient Heian Court participate in the Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) held annually in the Old Capital of Japan, Kyoto.

Court ladies dressed in the ceremonial robes of the ancient Heian Court participate in the Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) held annually in the Old Capital of Japan, Kyoto.

A princess's attendant in the Aoi Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan.    first published in Smithsonian Magazine and later featured in National Geographic Traveler.

A princess’s attendant in the Aoi Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan.First published in Smithsonian Magazine, and featured in National Geographic Traveler.

Aoi Matsuri festival (葵祭) Japan / 女人行列 京都

Aoi Matsuri festival (葵祭) Japan / 女人行列 京都

「葵祭 2012」The Aoi Matsuri ,  ”Hollyhock Festival

斎王代 : Saioh-dai Imperial Messengers maintaining ritual purity and prepare for Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) in Kyoto. Originally it was served by Royal unmarried prinsess of the Ise Shrine or Kamo Shrine. Saioh-dai means Royal sharman - proxy.

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan.  Heian era costume.   The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately 1,400 years.

Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan. The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately years.

A man dressed in kariginu for the AOI matsuri

Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto is a festival with 1400 years of history, but its atmosphere is different to most religious or folk festivals in Japan.

葵祭り Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan. Heian era costume. The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately 1,400 years.

葵祭り Aoi-Matsuri (Aoi-festival) in Kyoto Japan. The Aoi Festival came to be held now for approximately years.

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