Jidai Matsuri 2016: Famous Geiko Toshimana (Komaya Okiya) of Miyagawacho dressed as Tomoe Gozen, a famous female warrior.
The Jidai Matsuri, held every year on the 22nd October, is one of the three biggest festivals of Kyoto.
It commemorates the move of the imperial capital from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1868 and was first held in 1895.
Over 2,000 citizens dress up in historical costumes and as important historical figures going back to the early Heian period (794-1185) and parade though the inner city.
The main role of this parade is Tomoe Gozen, a famous female warrior who lived in the 12th and 13th century.
It is a great honor to play her and the role is always given to one of the most famous Geiko of Kyoto.
Two of Kyoto’s hanamachi take part in the parade every year; this year, it was Gion Kobu’s and Miyagawacho’s turn.