Considered one of the three most important festivals in Kyoto, the Aoi Matsuri takes place on the 15th of May each year.
It is held by the important Kamo Shrines, Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine, and the origins of the festival can be traced all the way back to rites performed to appease the gods and pray for bountiful harvests in the 6th century.
It was established as a more formal annual ritual in the 8th century Heian period when Kyoto became the capital and the Emperor recognized the importance of the Kamo shrines to the capital's prosperity. Because of the aoi (hollyhock) leaves pinned to the participants' hats, clothing, and carts, it earned the colloquial name of Hollyhock Festival over its original Kamo Festival title.
May 15th, 2019,
From 10:30 AM
Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto