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Kyoto 2021 events

Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages)

Date :
22 October 2021

Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri is a glorious opportunity to see the history of the c ......

Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri is a glorious opportunity to see the history of the country brought to life. Some 2,000 people wear authentic costumes from each period in Japanese history and walk in a 3.2km-long (2 miles) parade. The festival only began in 1895, but it commemorates Kyoto's position as the capital of Japan and residence of successive emperors from 781 to 1868. The procession is led by a band impersonating the fife and drum corps of the Meiji Restoration Royal Army and takes spectators from the grandeur of the Meiji era, through the fierce samurai and elegant geisha of the shogunate, to the elegant costumes of the Heian period when Kyoto was first established.

Venue:
Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine.

Address:
Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Event cost:

Free except for spectator seats in Imperial Palace Park.

Category:
History

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Okera Mairi

Date :
31 December 2021

On Okera Mairi, it is traditional to visit Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine to o ......

On Okera Mairi, it is traditional to visit Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine to obtain the sacred flame of okera, a medicinal herb. The roots of the herb are lit and then carried back home to start fires on which the first meal of the New Year is cooked. The herb is used to cleanse the evil forces and energies of the previous year.

Venue:
Yasaka Jinja Shrine.

Address:
Yasaka Jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Event cost:

Free.

Category:
Culture

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