Here's another shot from this years Higashiyama, Hanatouro. Kiyomizu-dera is probably the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It was a finalist (but didn't make the final 7) in the New7Wonders of the World. I didn't go inside this time, as I have been in at night before and they don't allow you to use tripods in there. When I shot the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera at night with a Nikon D700 and a 35f/2 lens, my exposure settings were "1/13s f/2 iso6400", so there's not much light on the main hall. Some other parts like the gates and the pagoda are more brightly lit up.
The two men standing at the right side of the picture wearing white "happi coats" are volunteers helping with crowd control. There are a lot of volunteers who help out with various things on Hantouro, although in Japan often volunteers don't volunteer themselves, but rather are volunteered by the community groups and neighbourhood associations they belong to. Since Kyoto is the cultural centre of Japan, many Japanese people who move to Kyoto from other parts of Japan, really don't like having to volunteer in the many cultural festivals here. Kyoto is a very hard place to settle in for non-local Japanese people, because of these obligations. However, foreign residents are pretty much ignored by these groups. So, please spare a thought for the "volunteers" whenever you attend a festival in Kyoto!
This years Higashiyama Hanatouro still has three nights to go (last night March 21st). The lights come on at 6:00pm and are switched off at 9:30pm. The best train stations to access the Higashiyama Hanatouro are: On the Keihan Railway's Main Line, Gion-Shijo and Kiyomizu-Gojo; On the Hankyu Railway's Kyoto Line, Kawaramachi; On the Kyoto Subway's Tozai Line, Higashiyama.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera on a tripod. It was captured as a RAW (.NRW) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default camera corrections applied; DxO Smart lighting (slight) applied; DxO ClearView filter applied at default; PRIME Noise Reduction applied; Highlights reduced; Black areas lightened; Contrast and Microcontrast levels increased; and Vibrancy increased.