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Pre-festival of Aoi-Matsuri

  • May 4-2010
  • Chikako Takemoto
  • Kyoto

It’s like a summer in Japanese holidays called Golden Week.
This exciting and a little funny video is the scene of Yabusame event at Shimogamo Shrine.
I went to Shimogamo Shrine to see this event yesterday. So so crowded! And it took much time to start the event. People ware patient in a hot afternoon.
Finally it started.Heian and Edo era costumed archers shoot the arrows on the running horse back. It’s so powerful!
It is the pre-event of a famous Aoi-Matsuri festival held on annual May 15th. This is a gorgeous procession from the Imperial Palace to Kamigamo Shrine via Shimogamo Shrine. Yabusame event is held to purify the route of the procession.

Other events before the procession continue.
Check out the website of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine.


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