Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Aoi Matsuri
Text An annual festival celebrated on May 15 at the two Kamo shrines in Kyoto. Said to have originated during the reign of Emperor Kimmei in the seventh century as a festival of prayer for abundant grain harvests. The procession, consisting of ox-drawn carts, horses with golden saddles, and participants in costumes with hollyhock flower (aoi) headdresses, sets out from the Kyoto Palace and makes its way toward the shrines. Considered one of the three largest festivals in Japan.