This weekend, Kitano-Tenman-gu was having a four day festival. We were able to catch the promenade’s return to the temple on Monday.
The Zuiki Matsuri is a harvest festival meant to bring great fortune. Rather than just being a stationary festival however, the festival is a parade lasting four days, returning back to the temple on the last day, which is the day we were able to attend. There were a bunch of nice people directing us to where we needed to be, and when people saw my camera, they immediately started pointing us down a tiny street where Maiko were rumored to be. Maiko, for those that don’t know, are apprentice geisha. Their dress is typically more colorful, and they sometimes wear red fabric swatches in their hair.
Anyway, they were indeed there, so we were able to get a look at the famed women of Japan. It was pretty cool, I have to admit, except we weren’t in the best location as they were pretty consistently facing the professional photographers. It was nice to see them outside of Gion, the original geisha district, since there were less tourists there.
The matsuri’s parade was pretty short itself, and is summed up better with the pictures in my October 2010 gallery. However, my favorite part of the parade were the little children dressed up as shrine maidens and feudal lords. There were even a few Genji in there. ♥