AOI Matsuri in May ~The Hollyhock Festival~

The festival is an annual festival of two shrines,

Kamigamo-jinja shrine and Shimogamo-jinja shrine in the north part of Kyoto city in May.

It is one of the three major events along with Gion Matsuri in July and Jidai Matsuri in October.

Aoi Matsuri has two parts :
the shrine rites, which are held throughout the month of May, and the procession.

On May 3rd, “Yabusame-Shinji / Horseback Archery,”

on May 4th, the purification ceremony of “Saio-dai” princess,

on May 5th, “Kurabe-uma-e-Shinji / The Ritual of the Racehorses.”

On May 15th, the well-decorated parade starts from Kyoto Imperial Palace

to Kamigamo-jinja shrine via Shimogamo-jinja shrine.

The festival is named “Aoi Matsuri” since “aoi/hollyhocks” are offered at the festival and

all the shrine buildings and attendants are decorated with hollyhocks.

Come and see this beautiful festival!