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[Kemari Hajime] In January 4

At Heian-Shrine from 2pm ; men in elaborate Heian-era court costumes play kemari,a traditional court ball game.

[Hatsu Ebisu]or[Touka Ebisu] From January 8 to 12

At Ebisu-Shrine ; the party is held for Ebisu. Ebisu is patron deity of merchants and one of the beloved Shichi Fuku Jin(Seven Luck Gods).
people go to pray for a prosperous year.

[Baika Sai(Plam Blossom Festival)] In February 25

At Kitano-Tenmangu-Shrine ; this festival features colourful plums and geisha. It's a open-air tea ceremony, and provides great photo opportunities.

[Haru no odori(Spring Dance)] On April

Geisha ,which is Kyoto's major traditional entertainment, does a series of dances (Miyako-odori , Kyo-Odori , Kitano-Odori, and Kamogawa-Odori).

[Yabusame Uma Shinji] In May 3

At Shimogamo-Shrine ; This horse and archery event is held annually.
It functions as a preliminary, purification ritual of the Aoi-Matsuri festival.

[Aoi Matsuri(Hollyhock Festival)] In May 15

One of Kyoto's major festivals , the Aoi Matsuri is held on the 15th.There are700-meter procession of carts and people dressed in authentic historical.

[Outdoor Yuka Dining Platforms]

For four-and-a-half months, from about May 1st restaurants along the west side of the kamogawa River set up outdoor dining platforms called yuka.

[Gion Matsuri] From July 15 to 17

17July; perhaps the most renowned of all Japanese festivals. Yamaboko-junko parade of over 30 giant floats is held with the accompaniment of flutes, drums and gongs. On the three evenings preceding the 17th , people gather on Shijo-dori to look at the floats and carouse from one street stall to the next.Most of them wear kimono. Gion Matsuri was initiated in AD 869.

[Touki Matsuri(Pottery Fair)] From August 7 to 10

The east side of Gojo Street becomes a giant pottery market, with over 500 artists selling their wares.

[Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi] In August 16

This performes bid farewell for the souls of ancestors. The main fire is the character for dai, or great , on Daimonji-yama , which is lit first, after which the others are lit at 10-minute intervals , working from left to right The first fire is lit at 8pm.

[Kangetsu no Yuube] [Harvest Full Moon] In September

At the night of the harvest full moon in September, Daikakuji Temple, throws an ancient and elaborate moon viewing party. As the part of the celebrations a number of boats move out into the center of Osawa Pond.

[Jidai Matsuri] In October 22

It is one of Kyoto's big three festival. The origin of this festival is 1895. More than 2000 people are dressed in costumes . It is ranging from the 8th to the 19th centuries parade from the Imperial Palace to Heian-jingu.

[Arashiyama Momiji Matsuri ] In November

Second Sunday in November ; At Arashiyama a procession of boats moves along the Oi-gawa.

[Okera Mairi] In December 31

at Yasaka-Jinja ;the sacred fire-kindling festival named for the herb burned in lanterns.

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