Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Aoi-Festival (masquerade parade) Kyoto (葵祭)

"Aoi-matsuri" is known as  most graceful and elegant festival in Japan.
This is like"masquerade parade",
everyone disguise themselves as nobles in Heian era,
and they march along the main street.They're about 500 people.
They recreate the 9th-century Japanese aristcrat people and their culture.

The origin of this festival dates back 1400 years ago,
Bad weather and bad harvest caused people great distress,
so  they prayed to God, and they had a  horse race,
and the wind and rain died down suddenly.....
And they had a good crop,and they recovered peace and quiet.
This is the origin of this festival.
People in Kyoto has maintained this traditional festival faithfully.
 This man disguise himself as an aristcrat in Heian era.

This is an ox-drawn carriage,used by nobles in the Heian era.

These kids are also marching,wearing colourful ancient clothes.

This is a portable shrine,only for noble person. 
This flower umbrella is believed to protect people from evil.
This man disguise himself as an imperial bodyguard.
He carries arrows on his back.
He is in a very good mood (^_^)


  1. カラフルに見えますね。面白かったですか。

  2. Hehe, that looks like fun! ;-) I want the pretty umbrella!

  3. Yes,their kimonos are very colourful.And their ancient fasion was very rare and interesting.面白かったです(^_^)
    Wow,your Japanese is amazing! Where did you learn Japanese? Unglaublich!(^_^)/

  4. @Trish,
    Thank you,I'm very happy you like it(^_^)
    Yeah,I love that umbrella,too! It's really pretty.Flower decoration is beautiful.

  5. 市民大学で勉強をしますが、日本語はとてもむすかしいです。。。
    多く学ぶ必要があります、 私はよくないです。
    くみこさんのドイツ語はすごいですよ。 学びましたか?

  6. @SilberRegen,
    Wunderbar! Prima!
    I didn't learn German,so I'm totally German beginner,so I rely entirely on my electric dictionary....
    Oh,you're learning Japanese...
    Ihr Deutsch ist tadellos.

  7. @SilberRegen,
    Your Japanese is wonderful!