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The origin of Kyoto

In East Asia, a “Kyo” character was used as a common noun which means historically "the capital where emperor lives". And the word “to” means a “Metropolis”.
It was called as “Kyo To” at the beginning, but with the time, the name changed into “Kyoto” during the Heian period

The beginning of Kyoto

Kyoto starts in 794 AD, the emperor at that time have moved the capital to Kyoto.
The new capital named as “Heian Kyo”, and after that Kyoto was continued being capital in Japan more than 1000 years.
Graceful aristocratic culture was born during the Heian period, and culturesuch as fine arts, literature, and construction, etc. Almost all Japanese culture what we say are based on these culture.
The building (mainly temples and shrines) and culture which have high technology and art, were established.
After the passes time, even shogunate moving politics to Edo (today’s Tokyo), there was no change in Kyoto being capital where lives emperor.
AndAfter that Kyoto was still developing own culture. The most famous one is gastronomic culture. Even now, we can enjoy / feeling season by visually and with its taste, etc. And Kyoto’s original style were mimicked in many other places.

Present Kyoto

Present Kyoto is a city of fusion of new and tradition. It goes not only across a historical thing but across construction, fine arts, a culture, etc.
We hope Kyoto can be sent more attraction as the young people of other prefectures live for famous universities, at the same time tourist resort for worldwide visitors.

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The most famous Events!
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Fude Hajime [2nd-4th]Kitano-tenmangu
Kemari Hajime [3rd] Shimogamo shrine
Toshi-ya [15th] Sanju-sangen-do
Setsubun [2nd-25th] Mibu temple
Baika Festival [25th] Kitano-tenmangu
Nagashi Bina [3rd] Shimogamo Shrine
Miyayo Odori [1st] Gion-kobu-kaburenjo
Mibu Kyogen [21st-29th] Mibu temple
Aoi Festival [1st] Kamigamo shrine, Shimogamo shrine
Kibune Festival [1st] Kibune shrine
Gion Festival [7th] on the corner of Shijo st. and Karasuma st.
Daimonji Gozan Okuribi [16th]
Seimei shrine Reisai [Autumnal Equinox Day] Seimei shrine
Mibu Kyogen [include the 2nd Mon., for 3days] Mibu temple
Era Festival [22nd] Heian Jingu
hitakisa [8th] Fushimi Inari Taisha
Joya-no Kane [31st] Kurama temple, etc.

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