​After a beautiful cherry blossoms season, things slow down a bit and all is quiet for a while. Then, we usually have the Aoi Matsuri, the third-largest festival taking place in Kyoto. Unfortunately, this year, this festival didn’t take place, it got canceled. Anyway, right after this, around the middle of the month of May, is the perfect time to look around the temples and the mountains for the maple trees having new leaves. This is a beautiful period with incredibly strong greens on the maple trees with their new leaves, all around Kyoto. 

Here’s a series of old and recent photos taken around the city over the middle of May.     

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