BLOGLiterary Calendar2019.05.03

Let's go to the Aoi Festival, one of Kyoto's three major festivals ② Saio-dai's Purifciation Ritual, a shinto ritual from the early Heian period

"Saio", the leading role of the Aoi Festival, is an unmarried imperial princess who serves God.

This festival is held once a year rotating between the two shrines, and the one in 2019 will be held by Shimogamo Shrine.

The Saio-dai herself and 40 female participants dip their hands in the water at the Shrine to purify themselves.

Each year, 1 unmarried woman residing in Kyoto is chosen as the "Saio-dai", to represent the "Saio" herself.

Dressed in "Junihitoe", a traditional multi-layered court costume, she is the definition of grace.

It's free to visit, so you definitely won't want to miss out on this.


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