Jidai Matsuri


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Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages)

October 22
Jidai Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto, Japan, and also one of the more recent, commemorating the founding of the city as capital in the year 794. A procession of more than 2,000 picturesquely costumed people depict the epochs or ages in Kyoto's history. They parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine, which was built in the 18th century as a dedication to the emperors who established Kyoto (then called Heian-kyo) as the capital. The capital was moved in 1868 to Tokyo, and the festival stems from that time. Among the paraders is one representing Gen. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a patron of the arts under whom Kyoto flourished. He reunified the country after a period of civil war in the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1600). Wearing full armor, he reenacts an official visit to the emperor.
See also Aoi Matsuri and Gion Matsuri
CONTACTS:
Japan Information Network, Japan Center for Intercultural Communications
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Kyoto Prefectural Representative Office
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www.pref.kyoto.jp
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 176
JapanFest-1965, p. 37