Kyoto Jidai Matsuri Festival – The Biggest Fashion Show in Kyoto!
Few weeks ago I spontaneously invited Mao to go to the so-called festival – Jidai Matsuri 時代祭. She was totally unprepared to be my reporter (I forced her to lol) but look! She did a very good job didn’t she? Mao, I think you are born to be a reporter. :p
And I met Mao’s friend, Iris from Hong Kong. She is a very nice and cool person. She didn’t refuse to be recorded, in fact, she also joined to be a reporter in my video lol. Thanks Iris. ^.^ Let’s spread the love of Kyoto, Taiwan, and Malaysia to Hong Kong!
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時代祭 Festival of the Ages
According to the description of the Kyoto City Tourism Association, Jidai Matsuri 時代祭 festival is one of the Kyoto renowned 3 great festivals, with the other two being the Aoi Matsuri and the Gion Matsuri. It is held annually on October 22 at Heian Shrine.
The first Jidai Matsuri was held in 1895 at Heian Shrine, which was built to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Heian-kyo (平安京), which was the former name of Kyoto, in 794 by Emperor Kammu (桓武天皇 Kanmu-tenno).
Big Fashion Show
Basically, it’s a big big traditional fashion show in Kyoto, where 2,000 performers dress as Samurai, military figures, and common people, from the earliest eras to the Meiji era.
In other words, we get to see different eras costume parade at the event. 😀
I think the festival is very meaningful because it was not just a having-fun-parade, it was more like a study-the-history-parade. Every Era costume parade, will be introduced by the announcer with using sound system.
Sometimes I really want to try to be a foreigner female in Japan. Do you guys always get questions like “Can I take a photo of you?” -.- Going out with Mao, there are always old Japanese guys wanna take photo of her lol
Actually I was really どうでもいい (not worth bothering about) to this Japanese old man -.- Just after taking photos of my cute friends, maybe he felt guilty not taking photo with me, I was just an addition photo for him T.T
This old man came to me asking if I’m APU student because he saw I was wearing APU Korean Week 2013 jacket. He seemed to be a alumni of Ritsumeikan University. Of course, after a short conversation with me, he asked for taking a photo with Mao -.-