(Refer to The Aoi Matsuri and Aoi Matsuri in Japanese literature for information about this festival.)
The procession consists of the following characters and others.
Actually, he is the main character at this festival. Chokushi is unspectacular but key appointment.
Saio and ladies were added to the procession in 1956.
Photo by KYOTOdesign(Japanese version only)
|Shimogamo Shrine, the approach and |
the surrounding virgin forest
called Tadasu no Mori (糺の森)
After they carried Emperor Godaigo on a palanquin in 1336, they gained an official position as palanquin bearers for emperors. So they had been exempt from taxation and exacted service until 1945.
Yase-doji carried Emperor Meiji and Emperor Taisho on a palanquin at their funerals, but they attended as an observer at Emperor Showa's funeral.
Even now, about 90 people including children in Yase take part in the Aoi Festival every year.
You can see Mikage Matsuri(御蔭祭) at Shimogamo Shrine on the blog "京都を歩くアルバム"(Japanese version only).