Seimeisai (Seimei Festival)
Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明) was Onmyoji (a professional practitioner of the Japanese esoteric cosmology), in honor of whose many meritorious achievements and in enshrinement of whom Seimei-jinja Shrine was built by Emperor Ichijo (the 66th emperor of Japan (July 15, 980 to July 25, 1011), during the middle Heian Period). The Seimei Matsuri Festival, celebrated each year on the autumnal equinox, is the most important event at Seimei Shrine. Led by a youth fife-and-drum corps, a procession of about 500 participants including a ‘Hoko’ (a type of beautifully ornamented festival float, ‘Yaotome’ (eight shrine maidens who perform ancient Kagura shinto music and dance), and a ‘Mikoshi’ (a portable shrine) parade the streets of Kyoto’s Nishijin district for up to five hours.
The five-pointed star is the symbol of Seimei-jinja Shrine. It looks cool as an emblem on their backs.
This is the mikoshi portable shrine. Each man wears a ‘Happi’ (happi coat) to carry the ‘mikoshi’ around through the streets.
806 Seimeicho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 602-8222, Japan
|Refarence||Seimei Festival is held each year on the autumnal equinox|
|Access||2 minute walk from City Bus Stop HorikawaImadegawa2 minute walk from City Bus Stop IchijoModoribashi-SeimeiJinja-Mae12 minute walk from Subway KarasumaImadegawa Station|