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Japanese Geisha prepares green tea as Miko looks during the annual Baikasai, Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. This annual event commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum-blossom aficionado of the Heian-Period, who died in the year 903.

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A geisha prepares green tea during the annual Baikasai, the Plum Blossom Festival, at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. The festival commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum blossom aficionado of the Heian period, who died in the year 903

People dressed in authentic costumes representing various periods and characters in Japanese feudal history participate in the annual Jidai Festival at Kyoto Imperial Palace on Tuesday in Kyoto, Japan.  Each year approximately 2000 people participate in the Jidai Matsuri festival on October 22, the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. Participants dress in authentic costumes from almost every period of Japanese history and parade from the Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine.

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People dressed in costumes representing various periods and characters in Japanese feudal history participate in the annual Jidai Festival at Kyoto Imperial Palace on Tuesday. The festival marks the anniversary of the foundation of the city.

Japanese women dressed in traditional costumes walk in the procession of the Aoi Festival at the Imperial Palace on May 15, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. Aoi Festival is one of the three main festivals of ancient capital of Kyoto that festival is dating back 1,400 years. About 500 participants dressed as nobles of the Heian Period (794-1185) costumes, walk with decorated ox carts and horse around eight kilometers from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Shimogamo and Kamigamo shrines.

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Japanese women dressed in traditional costumes walk in the procession of the Aoi Festival at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan. Aoi Festival is one of the three main festivals of ancient capital of Kyoto and dates back 1,400 years. About 500 participants dressed as nobles of the Heian Period (794-1185), walk with decorated ox carts and horses for about 8km from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Shimogamo and Kamigamo shrines.