Aoi Festival held in Kyoto

posted on May 16, 2016

People in Kyoto celebrated one of their city's 3 main annual festivals on Sunday.

The Aoi Matsuri, or hollyhock festival, originated about 1,400 years ago, when Japan's emperor had horses gallop in the hopes of bringing a good harvest.

26-year-old Waka Nishimura played the role of the festival's main figure, dressed in a 12-layer kimono.

Nishimura sat in a palanquin amid a procession of about 500 people wearing traditional dress decorated with hollyhock leaves.

Police say about 80,000 people gathered along the route to see the parade.

source by nhk
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