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3 great festivals in Kyoto

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  1. Gion matsuri
2. Jida matsuri

3. Aoi matsuri

4. Summary

Japanese festivals were originally deeply related to agriculture and prayed for an abundant harvests.  Nowadays, many of festivals are being held for tourists attractions and aim to revitalization of local communities.

In Kyoto, there are many festivals and they attract many people every year.

I will tell you 3 most famous festivals in Kyoto.  If you have a chance to visit Kyoto, choosing festival season should be so much fun.

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Gion matsuri

Gion matsuri, held in honor of Yasaka shrine is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto.  Conducted through out the month of July, it reaches its high point on the 17th with a parade of floats some of which carry groups of musicians.  It is supposed that the festival was originally held to ward off plague.

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Jidai matsuri

Jidai matsuri, or festival of the Ages, is held in honor of Heian shrine and is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto.  The festival is held on October 22nd and its high light is a procession of people dressed in costumes representing various periods of Kyoto’s 1200 year history.

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Aoi matsuri

Aoi matsuri, held in honor of the two Kamo shrines is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto.  The festival is held on May 15.  The name of the festival comes from the leaves of the Aoi, holly hock plant that are used to decorate the head of the participants in the procession.

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Summary

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Gion matsuri is supposed that the festival was originally held to ward off plague.

Jidai matsuri ‘s high light is a procession of people dressed in costumes representing various periods of Kyoto’s 1200 year history.

About Aoi matsuri, the name of the festival comes from the leaves of the Aoi, holly hock plant that are used to decorate the head of the participants in the procession.

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