The Saio were imperial princesses of old (Heian era) who were appointed head priestess of Ise Grand Shrine. When one Saio died and a new one had to be chosen from amongst the current emperor's daughters, the one picked to be the new Saio was carried in a lengthy procession out of Kyoto and to her new home at the Saiku palace in what is now Meiwa. This matsuri honors that procession and tradition.

The Saio were imperial princesses of old (Heian era) who were appointed head…

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