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Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto’s renowned three great festivals, and begun about over a hundred years ago, to celebrate Hei’ankyō’s (as Kyoto was called back then) 1100th anniversary.
Kamigamo Shrine is one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines, and its rich history and beautiful architecture has also been recorded as Unesco’s World Heritage site. This year is a big year for Kamigamo shrine, as the gods return to the shrine, a ritual known as seikangu, which means ‘transfer of shrines’. This ritual is known to be held only once every 21 years, and the process will be taped live and broadcasted on the internet!
Every year during mid-August is Japan’s summer obon festival, where almost the whole country will get a week of vacation. Usually, the custom every year is that people would go back to their hometowns to pay their parents (and ancestors at their graves) a visit, and corporations would send each other mid-summer gifts to maintain relations and check on each other at the same time.
Tanabata, a Japanese festival originating from China’s Qixi Festival, is held yearly all over Japan, and this year in Kyoto is no exception.