Tanabata on the Kamogawa
If you're around the Kansai area at the moment, check out the Tanabata Festival on the banks of the Kamo River (Kamogawa) between Shijo-dori and Sanjo-dori. It's on every night (from 7:00pm to 9:30pm) until August 10th.
Tanabata is a festival celebrating the meeting of two stars (see my previous BLOG on Tanabata). What's unusual about the current festival in Kyoto is that it's neither right date for it by the Gregorian calendar nor by the Lunar calendar. However if you choose the date by the Lunar calendar this year it clashes with the Obon Festival, so perhaps that's why they chose to hold it now in Kyoto. My local area Tanabata Festival is always by the Gregorian calendar that is July 1-7.
If you don't mind spending a bit of money, you could book an outdoor table at one of the fancy restaurants along the river. Otherwise grab a bento box or another kind of takeaway food and sit on the banks of the river. The nearest train stations are: Kawaramachi on the Hankyu Railway's Kyoto line; Gion Shijo or Sanjo stations on the Keihan Railway's Main line; Or Sanjokeihan on the Kyoto Municipal Subway's Tozai Line.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 24f/2.8D Lens. It was captured as a RAW file. I made the following processes to the RAW file in DxO Optics Pro: Default camera and lens corrections applied; DxO Clear View Filter Applied; PRIME noise reduction applied; Microcontrast increased; Black areas brightened; and Highlights darkened.