Zuiki (Taro Stalk) Festival is held at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto from October 1 to 4 every year in appreciation for the year's grain harvest. It is said that the name comes from the Mikoshi (portable shrine), whose roof is thatched with a taro stalk. The original form of the festival was first held in the middle of the Heian period (794-1192) and Zuiki Mikoshi festival held by the shrine parishioners already started in as early as the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Both at Shinko-sai Festival on the 1st, when the portable shrine is carried from the main shrine to Otabisho (temporary shrine) and at Kanko-sai Festival on the 4th, when it returns to the main shrine, a gland parade of 150 shrine parishioners dressed in Imperial costumes of the Heian period including Chigo (boy acolytes) and various floats such as Gohoren (phoenix floats) march through the city. During the festival period, various events such as Chakugo-sai (arriving ceremony), Kencha-sai (tea dedicating ceremony) and Kabuto no Gokuhou-sen (ceremony to offer a helmet) are carried out. Zuiki Festival, which has a history of over 1,000 years, is one of the representative autumn festivals in Kyoto.
- Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8386
- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine