Aoi Matsuri - Saio-dai (斎王代)

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    In the origin of the festival, the Emperor sent his daughter to serve at the shrine. After many years of training, she would become a head priestess. This tradition continued for almost 400 years until the 13th century.

    The kimono she's wearing as new as of this year, which is apparantly a big thing.

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