|Saioh Sama The Grand Walk
|the Saioh Sama
|photographers had a grand time with their cameras|
|mikoshi (portable shrine) carrying the Saioh|
|Mei Hime with the Saioh|
The 33rd Saioh Festival was a successful and joyous event held at Meiwa Ise Prefecture.
It was said that during Heian Period, the Saioh started her sad journey on early dawn to Ise Meiwa Prefecture.
According to their website, they, as servants of God, were never allowed to be in love with someone. (saiohdotsubdotjp)
The event is held annually in a large lawn field of Saiku Historical Museum and every first week of June when Japanese iris is in full bloom.
A celebration that leads you back during the era that leads to an awesome event and will leave you thinking how to live during that time, with the extravagant heavy clothes that depict on their costumes. The whole story of the Saioh in English here.
I wonder how they washed their clothes during those times with those long heavy kimonos! A Japan heritage at large! It was jawdropping!
|feasting with your eyes with the beauty and the colorful historic costumes|
|photoshoot with every batch|
|Saioh Sama with the Yumei Hime mascot|
|the procession reenactment of the Saioh|
|staring lovely at the audience
|the final walk|
Theme Song You Make Me Dream with Mei Princess mascot
Wow that is really cool! I am loving the colors!
Yes, vibrant colors of the costumes and awesome reenactment of the olden times!
Wow this is incredibly neat! Love the photos!
The vivid colours,the texture of the fabrics and the costumes, along with the historical details are all amazing !!!
She looks fantastic. For us Europeans it is like another planet.
Wow! Such a colourful paradise. 🙂
the kimonos are so beautiful 🙂 never heard of the festival before, but there is a considerable audience!
Wow just keep my mouth opening when I first look that costume. nice to read this blog. Thanks for sharing
Such beautiful photos. I just returned from Japan and am still in the hangover. This post kinda extended it for me:)
Yes, Lorna! I just feel so lucky to witness it! Thanks for comin?
Hi Alex! Come to Japan then and should be during winter if you want?
Yes, Ivana, colorful and interesting costumes!
So agree, was so beautiful plus the re-enactment
You are welcome?
Thanks Sreekar, your comment made me smile, come again! ?
The rituals and believes of different cultures and traditions never cease to amuse me. The story of these servants of God is similar – interesting and unique customs. Beautiful photos.
I agree, same here. I, with different beliefs myself is amazed and was awed. Thanks for comin! 🙂
The women look so pretty in their traditional attire. I am glad that the tradition is no longer in practice and women don't have to leave their loved ones for this. Great post, thanks for sharing
While there is so much of color in the pictures, there is an equal degree of sadness and sorrow too there. Don't you agree?
This is quite similar to the Devdasi rituals in India though we no longer practice it. It is quite colorful and lovely. Well done with the pics
The costumes look really great and very colorful!
Yes, you are right Swayam. The sadness can really be felt, such a huge responsiblity handed over, good thing it is not anymore practiced 🙂
I see! Thanks Samarth <3
It was! A photographer's feast I may say 🙂
I never heard of Saioh Matsuri before as a Japan Lover. Glad I found your blog. I love the colorful kimono. Japanese Culture is really amazing.
Vanessa of Simply Vanessa
I am glad I made you feel that way about Japan 🙂 Thanks!