Before the Aoi Festival (May 15th), the Shinto ritual "Mikage Matsuri" was held on May 12th, 2023 to welcome the newly born spirits to Shimogamo Shrine (Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City). In the forest of Tadasu, a Shinto ritual was held in the sunlight filtering through the trees, and the dance "Azuma Asobi" was performed for the first time in four years.

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