On May 4, 2024, the ''Purification Ceremony'' for Saiodai and women to purify themselves ahead of the Aoi Festival was held at Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. Akiko Matsuura, 22years old, Saiodai wearing a 12hitoe robe, dipped her hands together in the Mitarashi Pond in the shrine grounds, praying for a safe Aoi Festival.

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