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The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi's cherry blossom viewing parade - 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. The procession exits the Sanbō-in garden (三宝院) through the Karamon gate and makes it way via the Sandō (参道), the approach to the main area of the temple, to the Kondō (金堂), the main building of Daigo-ji temple. Leading the procession is a group of young hanami dancers. Then the big moment arrives and the doors of the karamon gate are opened. The warriors of Hideyoshi lead the way followed by Yamabushi (山伏), they are Japanese Mountain ascetic hermits with a long tradition, endowed with supernatural powers in traditional Japanese mysticism. Next up feudal lords and finally the man himself, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉). he had been given the nickname Kozaru, meaning "little monkey", from his lord Oda Nobunaga because his facial features and skinny form resembled that of a monkey. His son, Hideyori and Toyotomi’s wife, concubines and first ranked servants closed the ranks. When all of the entourage reached the Kondō (金堂), the festivities could begin.
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
Keywords:Daigo-ji Temple, Hanami, Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu, Kyoto, Sakura, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, cherry blossoms, , 秀吉, 花見, 豊太閤花見行列, 豊臣, 醍醐寺