JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Aoi Matsuri Festival 葵祭
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Court ladies called uneme. Their kimono have a blue wave design. 釆女915 views釆女
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.813 views
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Court ladies called myobu. 命婦763 views
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Court lady called myobu. 命婦694 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女670 views
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The Saio-dai Princess in 2005 was Saito Ayako, a 21-year-old Kyoto native and student at Doshisha Univ. Her 12-layer juni-hitoe kimono weighs 30 kg. 斎王代、齋藤彩子さん(21)494 viewsThe Saio-dai Princess is selected every year in April and a press conference is held to announce who was chosen. She is always a native of Kyoto, single, and in her early 20s. The Saio-dai was first incorporated in the festival in 1956. In 2005, she is the 50th Saio-dai.

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She wears a juni-hitoe kimono and rides in a carriage called Oyoyo. 斎王代、齋藤彩子さん (21)450 views腰輿(およよ)
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.417 views騎女
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One of Kyoto's Big Three Festivals held on May 15. The Aoi Matsuri's colorful procession of over 500 people in Heian-Period costumes start off at the Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace and head for the Shimogamo and Kamigamo Shrines. 362 viewsKyoto Gosho Imperial Palace 京都御所: The first ox carriage waits for the procession to start. The ox carriage is called a gissha. 牛車
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The procession basically consists of two columns: The Hon-retsu which includes the procession's highest-ranking official called Chokushi. It consists of men. The second and longer column is the Saio-dai-retsu consisting of women.343 views
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Kawaii!!334 views
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The Saio-dai Retsu column begins. Consists of all women, highlighted by the Saio-dai Princess.310 views
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Saio-dai Princess procession. 斎王代290 views
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Flower umbrella254 views
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High-ranking lady of the court233 views
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Flower umbrella called furyu-gasa. 風流傘224 viewsFlowers are artificial.
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Line at the bus stop. The buses did not come so frequently. So I just walked back to the nearest subway station.223 views
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The wooden wheels creak like they did centuries ago.209 views
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Norijiri horseman leads the procession. 乗尻196 viewsThe procession, called Roto-no-Gi (路頭の儀), is actually one of three rites performed during the festival.
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Long line for the bus stop.191 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女187 viewsThey escort the Saio-dai Princess.
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Flower umbrella187 viewsThese flower umbrellas are mainly for decorative purposes, to add more color to the procession.
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Ox carriage with plum blossoms dangling from the roof.182 views
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Everyone is dressed in Heian-Period (794-1185) costumes.182 views
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No. 4 official of the old police force and court justice called Kebiishi-no-sakan 検非違使志179 views検非違使志
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The bull was mooing all the time and was very restless.177 viewsDo bulls moo or do they snort? This was making a loud noise.
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Court lady called myobu. 命婦176 views
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Hollyhock (aoi) leaves 葵176 views
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Saio-dai Princess riding on a special palanquin called Oyoyo. 斎王代 腰輿(およよ)174 views腰輿(およよ)
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Saio-dai Princess procession. 斎王代173 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.170 views騎女
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Over 500 people in the procession walk along the 8-kilometer route.168 viewsThere's a lunch break at around noon at Shimogamo Shrine.
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Norijiri horseman leads the procession. 乗尻168 views
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One of six court dancers called maibito. 舞人167 views
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The procession's highest-ranking official called Chokushi. An Imperial Messenger. The horse is highly decorated. 勅使164 views
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The Heian Period was when Kyoto was the capital of Japan where the Emperor resided.163 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. They escort the Saio-dai Princess.163 views騎女
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.162 views騎女
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"Heian" comes from "Heian-kyo," the former name of Kyoto city.160 views
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Musician called baiju. There are seven of them wearing the same wardrobe. 陪従160 views
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Ceremony at Shimogamo Shrine. 下鴨神社154 viewsThe public is not allowed to see the ceremony within the shrine.
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No. 3 official of the old police force and court justice called Kebiishi-no-jo 検非違使尉154 views検非違使尉
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The Saio-dai Princess is the main figure of the procession. She represents the Imperial princess who worked at the Kamo Shrine and served in the Aoi Festival during the Heian Period.150 views腰輿(およよ)
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10:30 am: Starting point at Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace 京都御所 出発147 viewsThe procession is ready to depart.
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The Aoi Matsuri started in the early Heian Period in the 8th century as a national or state-sponsored event.145 views
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Following the Saio-dai Princess are more high-ranking ladies of the court.145 views
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The Aoi Matsuri (Festival) used to be called Kamo-sai, after the name of the two shrines which hold the festival.142 views賀茂祭
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna. 騎女140 views
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With over 30 horses in the procession, this guy will be kept busy...127 views
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Saio-dai Princess passing through Shimogamo Shrine's Tadasu no Mori forest promenade. 斎王代、糺の森(ただすのもり)にて124 views下鴨神社

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Ox carriage decorated with purple wisteria flowers.117 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.117 views
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May 15, the day of the procession, is the festival's climax. However, there are other festival-related ceremonies and events before this day.114 views
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Kawaramachi-dori 河原町通114 views
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Capping the festival is this horse running at Kamigamo Shrine. 走馬114 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.112 views
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Shrine maiden on horseback called Munanori Onna.111 views
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This good horse stopped as signaled. But a few other horses just galloped past without stopping.110 views下鴨神社
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High-ranking Lady of the Court 高級女官110 views
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The ox carriage's traditional entourage includes a carpenter who repairs the carriage during the procession if necessary.109 views最高位の女官が乗る女房車という牛車
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The procession's highest-ranking official called Chokushi. An Imperial Messenger. 勅使109 views
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Main promenade of Kyoto Imperial Palace108 views
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Kawaramachi-dori 河原町通108 views
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The first ox carriage. 牛車108 views
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They have several horses running down the track at full speed. 下鴨神社106 views
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The Saio-dai's ox carriage called a gissha. 牛車106 views
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About 3:00 pm: The start of the procession begins with a police car.105 views鴨川沿いの加茂街道
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Also see the video at YouTube. 走馬104 views下鴨神社
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And mounted police.104 views
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The procession is about 1 kilometer long.103 viewsWall of Kyoto Imperial Palace.
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Norijiri horsemen. 乗尻103 views
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High-ranking Lady of the Court 高級女官103 views高級女官
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Flower umbrella called furyu-gasa. 風流傘102 viewsThese flower umbrellas are mainly for decorative purposes, to add more color to the procession.
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It takes about an hour to see the entire procession go by.101 viewsWall of Kyoto Imperial Palace.
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11:50 am: The procession reaches Shimogamo Shrine. 下鴨神社101 viewsShimogamo Shrine has a very elongated shrine grounds, with a long straight path to the shrine hall.

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High-ranking court lady101 views
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Bridge to Shimogamo Shrine 出町橋100 views
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Main promenade of Kyoto Imperial Palace100 viewsUnless you get here early, it is very difficult to get a good place to take pictures. This promenade is the most popular place for photographers. It is most scenic because there are no distracting buildings.
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Procession crossing over the Kamogawa River on the Misonobashi Bridge to Kamigamo Shrine. 御薗橋98 views
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Horse track at Shimogamo Shrine. 下鴨神社97 views
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Horses going to the starting point to run down the track between the two toriis at Kamigamo Shrine.97 views
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One of six court dancers called maibito. 舞人97 views
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The procession departed Shimogamo Shrine at 2:20 pm to head for Kamigamo Shrine up river. People here waiting for the procession along the Kamogawa River. 鴨川沿いの加茂街道96 views鴨川沿いの加茂街道
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Norijiri horsemen leads the procession. 乗尻95 views
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High-ranking Lady of the Court94 views高級女官
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Flower umbrella94 viewsThese flower umbrellas are mainly for decorative purposes, to add more color to the procession.
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Kamigamo Shrine 上賀茂神社94 views
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3:30 pm: The procession reaches Kamigamo Shrine. 上賀茂神社94 views
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Also see my photos of the Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession here. The procession ultimately went to Saiku, near Ise Grand Shrines in Mie Prefecture where the Saio princess served.91 views
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Court ladies called uneme. Their kimono have a blue wave design. 釆女91 views
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One of six court dancers called maibito. 舞人90 views
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The procession's highest-ranking official called Chokushi. An Imperial Messenger. 勅使89 views
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