The annual Jidai Matsuri festival parade comprising approximately 2,000 people dressed costume of historical figures such as Imperial Princess Kazunomiya of the Edo Period (1603-1867) departs the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward on Oct. 22. (Video by GO TAKAHASHI)

KYOTO--A moving “picture scroll of the ages” of around 2,000 people dressed in historical costume marched through the city here on a sunny Oct. 22 for the Jidai Matsuri, one of Kyoto’s three big festivals.

This year’s festival was the first in two years after last year’s was canceled due to heavy rain and an approaching typhoon.

Participants wearing costumes such as the “juni-hitoe” layered kimono of Japanese court ladies from the Heian Period (794-1185) to the start of the Meiji Era in 1868 paraded through the main Miyako-oji street of the ancient capital.

The Jidai Matsuri festival started in 1895 to celebrate the completion of Heianjingu shrine, which was constructed to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of Japan’s capital to Kyoto in the late eighth century.

Prior to the parade, "Shinkoretsu," or a procession of two “horen” carriages for emperors, departed from the shrine and headed toward the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in Kamigyo Ward, home to the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The spectacle is held to honor the spirits of Emperor Kanmu (737-806), who relocated the capital to Heiankyo in present-day Kyoto in 794, and Emperor Komei (1831-1866), who was the last emperor in Kyoto before the capital was moved to Tokyo.

The two emperors are enshrined as deities at Heianjingu.