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Studio Hirano.  Kyoto, Japan.  Photography by Stephane Barbery on Flick

Studio Hirano, Kyoto by Stephane Barbery

Act of God to give a dance to God. Festival at of an Mikage shrine. (Kyoto Japan). costume of the Heian Era.

Act of God to give a dance to God. Festival at of an Mikage shrine (Kyoto Japan) :: costume of the Heian Era.

How Well Do You Really Know Japan?                                                                                                                                                                                 More

How Well Do You Really Know Japan?

Traditional Kimono dress women in Japan / Geisha apprentices, Kyoto People *** By momoyama

In Kyoto, Japan’s old capital, right until the first few years of the last century one sure sign of spring was the Shirakawame, the flower maidens in their special costumes selling flowers on the streets of the city. It is said that the practice started in the Heian period (794-1185) with market ladies delivering flowers to the imperial palace, but by the Edo period (1603-1886) the Shirakawame was almost exlusively young ladies selling flowers in the street.  Text and image via Tokyobling

In Kyoto, Japan’s old capital, right until the first few years of the last century one sure sign of spring was the Shirakawame, the flower maidens in their special costumes selling flowers on the streets of the city. Text and image via Tokyobling

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