The Heian Shrine is dedicated to two emperors: Kammu, who founded the city of Kyoto in 794, and Koumei, the last emperor to spend his life in the city. It is thus a focus of civic pride.
The entrance is marked by a suitably imposing torii.
The shrine was overrun with tiny little children in colorful kimonos. (This happened to be the week of Shichigosan, when children aged 3, 5 and 7 are supposed to be brought to their tutelary shrine to be blessed.)
Note the fish tails on the roof of the gate (to protect against fire.)
This is Mariko, a volunteer guide who offered to show me around the shrine for a chance to practice her English.
For one week, four times a year, the shrine displays flower arrangements by local artists. If this has any special religious significance Mariko was unable to explain it.
A miko sells a selection of charms.
A wedding party.
The shrine and area look familiar but we did not see cute little kids in kimonos, weddings or gorgeous flower arrangements. You timed your trip for the right time of year. We went in late May. And your pictures are excellent!