Some might argue we saved the best for last. Our final destination in Japan was Kyoto. But I had an itching. I just couldn't leave this country before properly enjoy a bamboo forest. I knew beforehand about the one from Arashiyama, on the outskirts of Kyoto, and one of our last uses of the JR Pass was traveling there.
Now I don't want to brag too much about it, but our trip to Japan was one fortunate event after another. It was the day before Jidai Matsuri Festival and from what we could tell, celebrations were already being held at shrines all over Kyoto.
Just as we entered the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, we stumbled upon this intriguing festival. We especially liked the little girls dressed in kimonos. Their wigs both made them look extremely cute and reminded us of certain Japanese horror movies at the same time. I guess we let pop culture define us a bit too much, don't you think?... *sigh*
So the bamboo forest kind of passed on the second place. And though after taking a zillion photos of the festivities we strolled under the tall bamboo trees holding hands for a while, it didn't last long, as we felt an irresistible urge to go back and see more of the festival.
I won't pretend we understood much of what was going on. There was something that seemed like a coronation of the queen of the festival followed by a procession, but we couldn't find any information online about it. So if anyone can shed some light, please do so in a comment. We took however an incredible number of photos, which totally made our work of selecting just a few for the purpose of this post very difficult.
So... Which one is your favorite photo?
Our time in Japan was courtesy of Japan Rail Pass