September 5 - 7
A number of events take place over three days in September in various shrines and temples around the city to admire the harvest moon. At Shimogamo shrine, Meigetu-kangen-sai is held, where people gather to view the full moon while ancient court music is played on Japanese instruments. At Daikakuji temple, an event called Kangetsu-no-yube is held, and flowers are dedicated to the Bodhisattva of Moonlight in the main hall. Later, on Osawa Pond, guests are served green tea and sweets under the full moon while aboard a drangon-headed boat with musicians playing koto. The moon's reflection in the water is especially beautiful.
Other Events in September
September 15 - 17
A dragon, is said to drink the waterfall in Kiyomizu Temple. A lively parade of the blue dragon with people in traditional costume at 2:00PM