Aoi Festival is a festival of nobility of the Heian period
The Aoi Festival is known as one of the three major festivals of the Kyoto, alongside the Gion Festival and the Era Festival. From the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the Shimogamo Shrine / Kamigamo Shrine, a fresh green city street walks with an elegant matrix like the Heian scrolls of over 500 people in all. The oldest festival in Kyoto, Aoi leaves are decorated in all of the queues. It is held on 15th May at a festival of Kamo God Shinjin (Shimogamo Shrine) and Kamo Saijinjin Shrine (Kamigamo Shrine). In old days also called the Kamo festival, or the northern festival, among the aristocratic peoples of the middle of Heian, it was famous enough to say the Aoi festival if it simply says "festival". The characteristic of this festival is that it has been held as a national event since the Heian era, so that among the festivals of Japan there are few traditional dynasty traditions left. The Kamo festival came to be called the Aoi Festival after the festival was revived in 1694 (Genroku 7) in the Edo period, including the bamboo of the inner back stronghold of the day, the cow car (imperial car), the imperial tribe, the donor's crown , Until it comes to cow horse, all decorated with leaves of Aoi, it is said to have this name. Aoi that is used is a lid-of-the-ooo, and it is paid every year from both shrines to the Imperial place.
At the time of the emperor Kinmei (ranked 539-571) about 1400 years ago from now the weather was dominated by wind and rain and five grains were not fruit, so it was a revered Ogami of Kamo at that time , A festival was held on the day of the middle cymbal of April, with a bell on the horse, and a man waged a bowhead (Shishigashira) and played the game , The wind and rain subsided, the five grains richly fruit and the people became stable. Also, in 819 (Hirohito 10), it became a national event to do according to the most important annual ritual (Nakasuku) as a court ruling system. After the turbulence of Nenin (1467-77), until about 1600 years (Genroku 6) for about 200 years, from 1871 (Meiji 4) to 1883 (Meiji 16), 1943 (Showa 18) to 1952 (Showa 27), there was interruption and suspension of the queue. But the tradition of the dynasty has been faithfully protected