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Tsurugaoka Intellectual Salon was held on 5th July

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The 1st Tsurugaoka Intellectual Salon 2015―lectures on Japanese culture for foreign people was held on 5th July.

Firstly, the chief priest Yoshida talked about the ancient weaving maidens who made clothes for deities or ancestral deity. He also told about the origin of Tanabata Japanese Star Festival on 7th July. In the second lecture, the director of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Research Institute Kato told about the origin of Japanese Kimono which was originally meant a cloth for deity, and historical development of people’s clothing.

2nd salon(2).JPG In the lecture hall, a sacred dress for deity made in 13c and shrine maiden’s dance costume were displayed, so they could see these historical costumes closely.

In the end of the event, all participants wrote their wishes on a leaf of mulberry leaf, as the ancient Japanese did in the court ceremony of Tanabata.



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