Aoi Matsuri

We had a simply beautiful time at the Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto. It is a very old festival, with origins in the 7th century. It began when the emperor sent a messenger with gifts to the Kamo shrines to appease the gods there and convince them to bring good weather and bountiful harvests. 

The parade begins at 10:30am at the Imperial palace, and slowly make their way to Shimogamo and Kamigamo shrines.

The lady being carried is playing the role of the Saiō, an unmarried woman from a noble Kyoto family.