Kyoto. Festivals of AgesOn June 4, 2017 by Yelena
Kyoto was the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years. The city is one of the three biggest in the country
and known for its cultural heritage and historic monuments protected by the UNESCO.
The Festivals of Ages are the most famous Kyoto’s festivals established to celebrate the city’s glorious history.
The festivals feature the parades that travels from Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine. There are about 2000 participants of
the show are dressed in accurate traditional costumes from different periods of Japanese history in chronological order
covering more than one thousand years during which Kyoto was the capital.
Traditional costumes of Japan as a part of sophisticated material culture originated from early history of the country
and absorbed the influences of successive waves of immigrants from China, Southeast and Central Asia, Korea and probably Polynesia.
Native textile was initially produced from inner bark of plants and trees. Production of silk was established by third century.
Silk became the most iconic fiber for traditional Japanese dress.
Jidai Matsuri festival of October is one of Kyoto’s three most famous cultural and visually stunning festivals, alongside with the Gaon Matsuri in July and Aoi Matsuri in May.