The stunning colours and costumes of the Jidai Matsuri Festival in Kyoto. A photo essay.

 

This is all about the celebration of Japan’s former imperial capital, Kyoto. The Jidai Matsuri festival is also known as the ‘festival of the ages’ and occurs every year on October 22nd. The festival features some 2500 people wearing costumes ranging from the 8th to the 19th century parade.  The parade goes from the Imperial Palace to the Heian-jingu shrine. This is a stunning Japanese festival full of colour and pageantry. The historical costumes worn are simply incredible.

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8 Responses to The stunning colours and costumes of the Jidai Matsuri Festival in Kyoto. A photo essay.

  1. Going to Japan for three weeks tomorrow – thanks for some inspiration…

  2. Hi! Lovely photos! :) I’m actually going to Japan later this year in time for the Jidai Matsuri and I’m wondering if you have any tips in photographing this festival. I plan to go around Kyoto Imperial Park in the morning and catch the start of the festival in there. Did you stay in one place to see the entire procession pass you by or did you follow it? If the former, how long did it take you?

    Sorry for bombarding you with questions! Have a great day :)

    • We started up down in the pits so to speak and then went up on the little hill which you can’t miss and took photo’s from there. Then we followed it and have thousands more incredible photos. It was a great day and the people were so excited. Us too

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