This summer I was lucky enough to stumble upon a festival in Kyoto while I was backpacking in Japan. It was the second day of a three day festival called Gion Matsuri (I linked an article where you can read a little more about it). Twenty or so streets were blocked offed from cars and quickly filled with people in kimonos and (sometimes wooden) sandals. The broad streets were lined with lanterns and people were performing music on the sides. The streets led to Buddhist temples in the Gion district (which is known for being able to spot a Geisha) where traditional Japanese theatre was being performed. Here are some photos of the beautiful kimonos I spotted while I was there!