The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three main annual festivals held in Kyoto. The festival’s main attraction is a large parade in Kyoto, in which over 500 people dressed in the aristocratic style of the Heian Period (794-1185) walk from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo Shrines.
After the storm brought devastating damage to the region, Emperor Kinmei, who reigned from 539 to 571, sent his messenger with a retinue to the Kamo shrine to conduct various acts include the galloping horse riding in prayer for a bountiful harvest.
This became an annual ritual, and the galloping horse riding developed into an equestrian archery performance.
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In Kyoto City