JAPAN

Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock festival) 2011. This is one of Kyoto's biggest festivals, though it's by no means the most festive. The long procession from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Shimogamo-jinja to Kamigamo-jinja is fairly somber and is followed by Shinto rituals at the latter shrine, as well as feats performed on horseback. My access at Kamigamo was fairly limited, so I captured what I could. Here are my photos of the festival flickr.com/photos/24411770@N05/sets/72157626763643252/ and here's a good description of the day's events: japan-guide.com/e/e3948.html

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