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Melody of Heian: The Elegance of Spring in the Shrine Gardens of the Heian Period

“Kyoku Sui-no-En”
This event re-enacts a poetry game enjoyed by aristocrats of the Heian Period (794-1185). Seven men and women dressed in Heian Period court dress will sit on the banks of a tiny river, known as “yarimizu,” and compose a poem in the time it takes a tiny bird-shaped boat with a cup of sake to float down a stream to them.
On this day, the shrine gardens will be opened to the public for free, and in the Heian Period-style garden, a dance performance from female dancers known as shirabyoshi is also planned to begin at 2:00 p.m. (Subject to change in the case of rain).

Date & Time

April 29 (Mon, national holiday), 2019, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (In the event of rain, event in the garden will be cancelled)

Venue

Jonan-gu Shrine

Directions

Subway Karasuma Line, Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Takeda Station, then walk 15 minutes

Category

Traditional Festivals