The temples and shrines in Kyoto have been keeping their rituals and events from the olden days.
They are traditional, sacred and a pleasant experience. We'd like to introduce them every month.
They are worth to visit during your stay.
It is May in Kyoto and the cherry blossoms of April have scattered, making way for fresh green leaves to blanket the surrounding mountains and hills. The lush greenery throughout the city provides a fitting backdrop for Matsuri, or Hollyhock festival, which takes place this month. Aoi is Japanese for Hollyhock, and the dark green [...]
Movie: This is a powerful ceremony to purify the route of the Aoi Matsuri procession. A man in traditional costume shoots an arrow while riding on horseback.
Saio was a selected woman who served god in ancient times. This ritual is held to purify her role on the stream of Kamigamo Shrine.
Two men in traditional costumes riding on horse back compete for the fastest time at the ground of the temple.
An elegant Japanse dance and music are performed in the Tadasu-no-mori forest in front of the gate of Shimogamo Shrine to welcome gods from the foot of Mt. Hiei.
This is a unique kind of kyogen, which performers wear masks and perform a kind of mime while chanting. It will be performed in repertory from 30 numbers. 13:30-18:00 on May 1st, 2nd. 13:30-18:00 & 19:00-21:30 on May 3rd, 4th.
On the night of the May full moon, the festival called “Uesaku-sai” is held to pray for the happiness of human beings.
People in Imperial costumes on boats play court music, read Japanese poetry, and more at Kurumazaki-jinjya Shrine. The procession starts at the shrine towards the Oi-river, and then embarks on boats, and shows the Imperial amusement of the olden days. This festival originally for the Emperor dates back over 1000 years. Festival at the shrine [...]