May 152012
 
Mifune Matsuri – boat festival Heian-style

In a beautiful scenery of Arashiyama, a place in western Kyoto, a colorful festival takes place in the middle of May.

After religious ceremonies in Kurumazaki Jinja, the deity of the shrine is transferred to a boat. Then guests on other boats approach and pay homage. Musicians and artists in historical costumes from Heian period, perform dances and stage poetry competitions.