The Aoi Matsuri, now one of the Kyoto's three big festivals(Aoi, Gion and Jidai), is one of the most solemn and graceful festivals in Japan and has been well preserved throughout the ages since the 6th century. It is named after aoi leaves(hollyhock), which are used to decorate the costumes of the participants. These leaves are believed to have all sorts of powers, including protection against lighting and earthquakes, and guaranteeing easy childbirth. The procession consists of 511 people, 36 horses, 4 cows and 2 carriages, and runs 1 kilometer from the front to the back. The highlight of the festival is the Sai-oh-dai, a young woman(in the Heian period, she was always an imperial princess) who rides on a palanquin in a multitude of followers wearing the colorful clothing of the imperial court. She is dressed 12 layers of imperial Heian robes.
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