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Fierce looking archer at the Yabusame shinji (流鏑馬神事) Horseback Archery at the Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto!

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The Saiō-Dai is a woman who is chosen from the sisters and daughters of the emperor to dedicate herself to the Shimogamo shrine and is carried on the Oyoyo Mikoshi (portable shrine). The role of Saiō-Dai was to maintain ritual purity and to represent the Emperor at the festival. Now, the role of the Saiō-Dai is played by an unmarried woman in Kyoto. She would be dressed in the traditional style of the Heian court.

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Shimogamo Shrine in Japanese, is the common name of an important Shinto sanctuary in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto city's Sakyō ward. Its formal name is Kamo-mioya-jinja. It is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine (下鴨神社 (賀茂御祖神社))

Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto, by William Corey. Shimogamo Shrine in Japanese, is the common name of an important Shinto sanctuary in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto city's Sakyō ward. Its formal name is Kamo-mioya-jinja

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Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan: photo by William Corey. My niece spent a year in Kyoto and speaks fluent Japanese. I was born on the Japanese Riukan Islands in Okinawa. I guess you could say I was literally "made in Japan!"

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https://flic.kr/p/pXHufK | Night + winter in Shimogamo shrine | January 1st evening, during the heavy snowfall in Kyoto... 1月の1日の夜の雪の嵐中 ♪ More pictures of Kyoto (京都).

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Shimogamo shrine in snow, Kyoto, Japan eBook about the gardens of Sha-ke machi near Kamigamo Jinja here: http://www.japanesegardens.jp/gardens/secret/000011.php

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