Festival Costumes?

When did it become “normal” for any type of festival to bring out people dressed in costumes?

Recently I went to a Cherry Blossom Festival, a beautiful celebration of Japanese culture.

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I loved the lovely garden architectures, bonsai trees are so interesting, painted screens, and the traditional clothing like the bright or pastel colored kimono. Tiny girls wearing gold or silver threaded, embellished bird kimonos handed out origami creations. Beneath their gowns, more than likely, they wore Tabi (ankle high socks) and Geta (sandals).

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And among the gift giving dolls were these guys…

 

What do you think? Part of historical or contemporary Japanese culture? Is anime considered part of Japanese historical cutlure?

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