After a ritual held at the Kurumazaki Shrine , people dressed in ancient court costumes board the boats , which have dragon heads or birds' heads designed on the prow, from near the Togetsukyo Bridge at Arashiyama. A boat is carrying musicians who play music using ancient musical instruments and dancers perform graceful ancient dances. Poetry is recited on another boat. Ladies dressed in juni-hitoe float sensu fans on the water surface. People along the river can enjoy graceful spectacles.