Japan’s cherry blossom festival takes place throughout the country in the springtime, in conjunction with the blooming of the delicate and fragrant cherry blossoms, which lasts for about two weeks. Crowds from all over the country gather amongst the flowering trees, with parties going late into the night.
One of Tokyo's most famous festivals, alongside Sanno Matsuri and Fukagawa Matsuri, Kanda Matsuri takes place in odd-numbered years in mid-May. There are processions wthrough the streets and parades of portable shrines (mikoshi). Though the festival officially celebrates the Kanda Myojin Shrine and its trio of deities, over time Kanda Matsuri has come to be a celebration for wealth and good fortune.
Parading through Kyoto’s most important shrines, Aoi Matsuri is a colorful procession in honor of the ancient officials who delivered the emperor’s messages to the two shrines of Shimogamo and Kamigamo. Every year on May 15th, Hollyhock, kimonos and traditional blades take spectators back to Imperial times as the day begins with an elaborate display.
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