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Aoi Matsuri:齋王代

Kamo-sai (Aoi-matsuri) "Hollyhock Festival" May 15 The Kamo-sai is one of the three biggest imperial festivals in Japan and the most important festival in the shrine. Since aoi (hollyhocks) are offered at the festival, and all the shrine buildings and attendants are decorated with hollyhocks, the event is also known as the Aoi Matsuri. The procession of this festival, which is 800 meters long and in which, 500 people participate to start at the palace of Kyoto, is like elegant scroll painting.

 

www.kamigamojinja.jp/english/index-e.html#04

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aoi_Matsuri

www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/koto/aoi/aoi.html

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Taken on May 14, 2010