May is a wonderful time in Kyoto. The days are warm and the skies are blue, and after the festivities of the cherry viewing or hanami season, the streets and canals are filled with the warm fragrance of the spring shoots; with the blooming azaleas adding color and life to the scene. Many people feel that a springtime wedding is auspicious and you can see couples, fully decked in traditional kimonos posing for photos in places like the Shirakawa canal or in some of the merchant house or machiya lined streets in Gion.
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