Jidai Matsuri (時代祭り) Festival, Japan

The Jidai Matsuri (時代祭り) or the “Festival of the Ages” is held every October 22 in Kyoto, Japan. In celebration of the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto, over 2,000 participants dress in costumes from various periods of Kyoto’s 1,200 year history and transport a portable shrine called a mikoshi from Kyoto Gosho (京都御所 Kyoto Imperial Palace) to the Heian Jingu Shrine.

Instagrammers at yesterday’s festival captured beautiful scenes throughout the parade. Be sure to check out the hashtags #jidaimatsuri, and #時代祭 for more!