Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto

A Kyoto tradition since the 6th centruy the Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) procession moves through Shimogamo Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The festival was begun in the 500s as a plea against famine and disease.  Now, people from the local community take the places of the Imperial family and retinue.

Aoi Matsuri Kyoto Tradition

Since the 6th centruy the Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) procession moved through Shimogamo Shrine