Monday, May 4, 2009

More brocade cowboys

more cowboys from aoi matsuri, shimogamo shrine

Brocade cowboys, Shimogamo shrine

one of my all time favorite festivals here is part of aoi matsuri,shimogamo shrine. they have dashing men in silken robes and lacquer hats doing archery while racing on horseback. we've dubbed them the brocade cowboys. the races date back to the heian period as do the robes.swoon.