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October 22 is the festival of Jidai-Matsuri, or the festival of ages. It marks the anniversary of Kyoto being installed as the old capital. The main element of the festival is a giant parade of people dressed in all manner of historical costumes. Japanese parades are about what you would expect, which is to say extremely well-ordered. They could have done with a few more marching bands, though. A bit surreal to watch a parade in silence.