Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kyoto - Day 2

The Aoi Matsuri takes place on May 15th every year in Kyoto.  I had specifically booked my dates in Kyoto this year in order to catch part of the festival.  There is a large parade with people wearing traditional costumes of the Heian Period (794-1185) that starts on the grounds of the Imperial Palace and then winds it way through the streets of Kyoto ending at Kamigamo Shrine.  More information about the Aoi Matsuri here if you are interested.

I was able to initially get a spot along the parade route on the palace grounds.  It was very crowded and I had to try to shoot over peoples heads so these are not very good pictures.

Then it started to rain and the umbrellas came out.  I wasn't able to get any decent photographs shooting over-top of umbrellas so I left the palace ground and moved further along the parade route onto the city streets.  Unfortunately something is lost in the atmosphere of the photos having moved from the palace grounds to a regular, modern day city street.

A video of part of the procession.

After the parade finished I headed over to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), though it's not actually covered in silver.

Sand Garden

Moss Garden

In the evening I took a walk through another of my favourite areas of Kyoto, the Gion district.