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Aoi Matsuri

  Jun 16th, 2012

The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three main festivals held in Kyoto each year in addition to the Festival of the Ages (Jidai Matsuri) and Gion Festival. The festival has its origins from the time of Emperor Kinmei back in the 500′s, and was started to ward off floods and severe winds which had ruined crops and epidemics which had spread throughout the country.

Aoi Matsuri

The main procession

Lined up waiting for the parade

Lined up waiting for the parade

Horses very much a main part

Horses very much a main part

Blends in with the road colors

Blends in with the road colors

Off hunting

Off hunting

I wonder what is inside these?

I wonder what is inside these?

Kids look great dressed up for procession

Kids look great dressed up for procession

Guiding the horse

Guiding the horse

Various skins and wares

Various skins and wares

Quite a warm day

Quite a warm day

Anyone know what is in here?

Anyone know what is in here?

Looks heavy

Looks heavy

Tradition

Tradition

gifts

gifts

Hidden beneath the flowers

Hidden beneath the flowers

Pink archers

Pink archers

All ages represented

All ages represented

Traveling in style

Traveling in style

Great to see

Great to see

Nice colors

Nice colors

Even a little bit of shade is welcome

Even a little bit of shade is welcome

Stylish purple and red

Stylish purple and red

Wonderful design in the fabric

Wonderful design in the fabric

Decorative

Decorative

Bringing up the rear

Bringing up the rear

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