Yesterday we took our bikes and rode to Arashiyama, a beautiful part of Kyoto, well-known for its beautiful Bamboo forest.
Besides the nice ride and stroll through the forest, we took part as well at another festival in Kyoto, the Mifune Matsuri, the Boat Festival. May seems to be one of the busiest months in terms of festivals in Japan, or at least Kyoto. It all starts with a range of festivals during the Golden Week ( 1st-6th of May), it continues with the great Aoi festival, which gathers over 100.000 visitors and ends with the Boat Festival, every 3rd Sunday in May.
Arriving too late, we missed the beautiful scenes of the boats floating the river, carrying beautifully clad people, with their colorful garments from the Heian period (Images credits: Matsuri Times)
But we found some interesting scenes happening on the ground as well. My favorite ones are the adorable kids, all dressed-up and anxious to take part in the festival and the nice costumes of men :).